Your pet is at risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Vaccinating your pet is the best and most inexpensive way to prevent infectious disease.


How does vaccination work? 

When your pet is vaccinated, its immune system produces called antibodies that work against viruses or bacteria that cause the disease. Later, if your pet is exposed to that disease, the antibodies will help destroy those viruses or bacteria. In many cases, vaccines against several diseases are combined, reducing the number of shots your pet receives at one time.


How often should my pet be vaccinated? 

 We recommend that each puppy or kitten’s vaccinations start at 6 weeks of age. Then additional shots are then given every 3 weeks. Each puppy will require a set of four DHLP vaccinations. The rabies vaccination is given at 12 weeks of age. Adult pets are then re-vaccinated annually. Special shots may also be recommended if the pet is groomed or boarded.


How do I know which vaccinations my pet needs? 

The immunizations your pet needs are dependent upon its lifestyle, life stage, and risk of exposure to certain diseases. Dr. Niki Henderson will recommend which vaccines your dog needs and inform you when they should be administered. Variable vaccinations that your pet may require in addition to the DHLP can include Leptospirosis, Corona Virus, Lyme Disease and Bordetella.


Why do puppies and kittens require more shots than older pets?

Puppies and kittens are the most vulnerable because their immune systems are immature. The protection received naturally through their mother’s milk can interfere with early vaccinations, making it difficult to pinpoint when vaccines stimulate immunity. This is why they need the vaccinations repeated multiple times during their first year of life.


What possible risks are associated with vaccination? 

Severe reactions to vaccination are very uncommon. Your pet is at a higher risk of contracting an infectious disease than of experiencing side effects from a vaccination. Talk to us if you have concerns about vaccinating your dog and to find out more about the risks associated with vaccination.