Keeping Up with Pet Vaccinations

Like us, our pets need protection from all the various diseases they might encounter during their lifetime, and vaccinations are an effective means of doing so. Keeping your pet on a consistent vaccine schedule can improve their quality of life and help them live longer, which is why we recommend vaccinations for most of our patients. At Awesome Care Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City, we gather as much information as we can about our patients’ lifestyles so we can design a suitable vaccine protocol to meet their specific needs.

Pet Vaccinations in Oklahoma City

Vaccines We Offer for Cats and Dogs

We carry the most essential vaccines to keep pets healthy in any environment, through every life stage. Pet vaccinations come in two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are highly recommended for most of our patients, while non-core vaccines are administered based on your pet’s risk of exposure. These include:

Dogs

  • Rabies vaccine (core)
  • Distemper/hepatitis/lepto/
    parvo/parainfluenza (core)
  • Bordetella (core)
  • Canine influenza (non-core)
    • H3N2 strain
    • H3N8 strain
  • Lyme vaccine (non-core)

Cats

  • Rabies vaccine (core)
  • Feline distemper (FVRCP, core)
  • Feline leukemia (non-core for indoor cats, core for outdoor cats)

Choosing the Right Vaccines for Your Pet

To start them off on the right paw, puppies and kittens begin their distemper vaccine series at six to eight weeks of age. Their booster shots must be given every three weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, and are old enough to receive their rabies vaccine.

Vaccine protocols usually differ from one pet to another, because they all have different needs. During your pet’s first visit, we will take time to discuss various factors that will determine what vaccines they need, and how frequently they will need them. Such factors include age, size/weight, breed, health history, environment, and risk of exposure.

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Is Your Pet Up to Date on Their Vaccines?

Your pet’s vaccine protocol could change over time, which is why it’s important to bring them in to see us at least once a year. We would be happy to touch base with you and discuss whether adjustments need to be made to their treatment regimen. If your pet is due for their vaccinations, we would be happy to get them up to date. Just give us a call today at (405) 631-0569.