Dog and cat vaccinations are a vital part of wellness and preventive care. Much like how we need to be vaccinated to protect against certain diseases, the same must be done for our four-legged family members. At Somerset Veterinary Hospital in Ames, we encourage all pet owners to bring in their pets on a regular basis for their vaccinations to stay healthy and protected from dangerous conditions like rabies and Lyme disease. We want you and your animal companion to share as many years together as possible, and we’ll be here to guide you through every step of the process.
Dog and Cat Vaccinations We Offer
Dog and cat vaccinations are a key component of your pet’s preventive care regimen. We offer all the essential dog and cat vaccines to keep your pet healthy from one life stage to the next. Our vaccinations include:
- Rabies (every 1 to 3 years as needed)
- DHPP (every 1 to 3 years as needed)
- Distemper, hepatitis/adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, and parvovirus
- Leptospirosis (administered annually)
- Bordetella (administered annually)
- For kennel cough
- Lyme (administered annually)
- Protects against Lyme disease
- Feline distemper
- -Rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia
- Feline leukemia (as recommended)
Vaccinating Puppies and Kittens
For optimal results, we strongly suggest starting your puppy and kitten’s vaccination regimen at 8 weeks old. We begin with a series of boosters to help build up their immunity, so that if they happen to encounter the virus at a later time, they’ll be better equipped to fight it. Puppies and kittens will receive up to 4 distemper boosters 4 weeks apart, and then every 1 to 3 years as needed when they’re adults.
Choosing the Right Dog or Cat Vaccine Protocol
Every pet has their own individual needs, which we’ll discuss with you during their wellness visit. Some pets may require the leptospirosis vaccine and some may not, depending on their risk of exposure. Once your veterinarian has gone over your pet’s medical history, home environment, and overall lifestyle, they can tailor a vaccination plan that meets all of their requirements. If you have any questions about your dog or cat’s vaccinations or would like to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital here in Ames, please call us at (515) 292-0400 or use the online form.