Essential Pet Vaccinations
When you get your pet vaccinated, you give them essential protection from dangerous animal diseases. Puppies and kittens receive powerful antigens from their mother’s milk, but as they grow older they’re left with protection “gap.” Keep them protected and disease-free by scheduling their pet vaccinations at the proper time. At Little River Veterinary Clinic, we focus on customized service and we offer “core” and “noncore” vaccinations for pets in Fairfax.
What We Protect Your Pet From
Getting your pet vaccinated means you’ll avoid potentially costly treatments from contracting highly contagious diseases. Rabies vaccination is required by law and it’s prevalent in wildlife, along with distemper.
“Core” vaccines for dogs are administered in one dose that protect from four different diseases. They include:
“Core” vaccines for cats are also administered in one dose that protect them from three different diseases. They include:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
We determine additional vaccinations for your pet, after we look at their lifestyle. Whether your pet goes outside, is exposed to unfamiliar animals, or travels play a role in our assessment.
Some “noncore” vaccines dogs may need include:
- Lestopirosis, which is found in moist climates and standing water.
- Bordetella, otherwise known as kennel cough.
- Canine influenza, which has been found in some regions more than others.
Some “noncore” vaccines cats may need include:
- Feline leukemia, which is more common in outdoor cats.
- Chlamydia, which can be found in multi-cat households.
- Bordetella, which is the feline version of kennel cough.
Timely Pet Vaccinations
Prevent your pet from being vulnerable to contagious viruses and diseases by getting them vaccinated on time. Puppies and kittens should receive their initial round of vaccinations between six and eight-week’s old. After this, they visit us every three to four weeks, until they’re about 15-week’s old. Each booster your fur-baby receives strengthens their immunities a little bit more. That’s why it’s important you stick to a vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens. Incomplete vaccinations mean incomplete protection. As fur-babies grow older, we will determine whether they need vaccinations every year or every three years. Pets who are more social and one’s that go outside frequently may need annual boosters. Please talk to us about pet vaccinations. We’re here to answer any questions for the Fairfax community and surrounding areas.
"Dr. Downs and the entire staff at Little River Veterinary Clinic are always extremely helpful, sensitive, kind, caring, and professional. Each time we go, we know our dogs will get the expert care that we want and they deserve."
Linda and Mark Wilkoff