Vaccinating Your Pet Against Preventable Diseases

Vaccinations are the best way to protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist just a few years ago. At our animal hospital in Apple Valley, we always tailor your pet’s vaccination schedule according to his or her needs. All decisions about vaccinations are made through consultation between you and the doctor. The staff at Apple Valley Animal Hospital can help you decide what preventive measures are necessary for your pet.

Vaccines can protect your pet and your family from disease. Some of the vaccines we recommend are:

  • Rabies: The first vaccine is given after 13 weeks of age. Pets will receive a booster one year after that and then every three years throughout their lives.
  • DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus): Puppy series starting at 6 weeks old, then usually administered annually for adult dogs.
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Recommended every six months and required annually for boarding pets or social pets that go to dog parks, grooming facilities, etc.
  • RCP (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia) & Leukemia: Annually for cats.
  • Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease that can be transmitted to humans.
  • Lyme disease: On an as-needed basis for dogs.
  • Rattlesnake: On as-needed basis for dogs.