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Vaccine Protocols

PUPPY VACCINE PROTOCOL AND SURGERY

We tailor our vaccine protocol to each patient’s life style and risk factors with the ultimate goal of giving as few vaccines as possible. Ideally, your puppy should come for the first visit between 6 to 8 weeks of age. At this time, he/she will get a complete examination by one of our veterinarians and will receive the first in a series of three immunizations against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and parainfluenza (fortunately, these vaccines are combined into one injection.)Veterinary Vaccinations We will then decide with you whether your pup will also receive a bordetella vaccination (against kennel cough—required by some grooming and boarding facilities.) We recommend that you bring in a fresh stool sample at this time so that we can determine if your pup has intestinal parasites and treat him/her if necessary. This is particularly important if you have toddlers in your family, since roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans and cause serious health problems. A “puppy talk” is then given by our staff if you feel the need for some pointers on basic training.
The next visit, at 10 weeks of age, is for the second distemper vaccine. The third is at 12 weeks, at which time we vaccinate your pup against rabies (required by law, for licensing, and for interstate travel in many areas.) We will then offer you the choice of immunizing against lyme disease at this visit, and discuss with you whether your pup may be at risk for contracting this disease, which is carried by the deer tick in the northeast and is particularly prevalent in suburban or wooded areas. The fourth and final puppy visit is at 16 weeks of age: the patient will receive the third distemper vaccine and possibly second lyme booster. At this point, we consider your pup to be properly immunized against the most serious canine diseases, so he/she can socialize with a more extensive circle of canine friends.
The final visit in your pup’s first year is for the surgical procedures of ovarioectomy (spaying) for females and neutering for males if not already performed. We highly recommend that you have your pet spayed or neutered since these procedures help to prevent many illnesses and complications as your pet ages. They also help to make your pet less likely to develop undesirable behaviors which will be harder to eliminate if the neutering is done once they are adult. We recommend spaying females before their first heat, at 5-6 months of age, and neutering males between 6-8 months of age. At this time, your pup will receive his or her first blood test for exposure to heartworm disease and to the three tick-born diseases prevalent in our area.

KITTEN VACCINE PROTOCOL AND SURGERY


Your kitten should come for his or her first visit between 6 to 8 weeks of age. At this time, he/she will get a complete examination by one of our veterinarians and will receive the first in a series of three immunizations against feline distemper, calicivirus, and rhinotracheitis (these vaccines are combined into one injection.) We will also recommend that your kitten be tested via blood sample at this time for exposure to 2 lethal viruses, Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. A highly informative “kitten talk” is given by our staff if you feel the need for some pointers on basic training. The next visit is at 12 weeks, at which time we boost the distemper combination and also vaccinate your kitten against rabies (required by law, for licensing, and for interstate travel in many areas.) The last visit is at 16 weeks or more, at which time your kitten receives the final kitten distemper booster. We will discuss with you the risk of leukemia only if your kitten is going to be outside. If your kitten will be an “indoor-outdoor” pet, then we do recommend giving the leukemia vaccine in a series of 2 injections between 12 to 16 weeks of age.
The final visit of the first year is for the surgical procedures of ovarioectomy (spaying) for females and neutering for males if not already performed. We recommend spaying the females between 5 and 6 months of age and neutering the males between 5 and 8 months of age. We may recommend retesting the blood for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Viruses, if the kitten’s history warrants it.
At all puppy and kitten visits, we encourage you to ask any questions about physical or behavioral problems you may be having. Behavioral issues in particular should be addressed as soon as problems arise in order to correct them before they become entrenched.