One of the biggest priorities of any pet owner is to help make sure that their pet stays healthy and happy, so whether you have a new puppy or kitten or an older dog or cat, it is important to keep them up to date on their vaccines.
Vaccines From Your Brooklyn Vet
The type of vaccines that need to be administered by your Brooklyn veterinarian depend on the age and lifestyle of your dog or cat. For both types of pets there are two sets of vaccines to consider; core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are required by law and are designed to keep your pet safe from serious illness as well as protect other animals and humans that your dog may come in contact with.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
Dogs are required to be up to date on the following vaccinations
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Hepatitis
Most dogs start receiving vaccinations when they are puppies between 6-8 weeks old. Your Brooklyn vet will administer vaccines every three to four weeks, and ideally your puppy will be finished with their initial round of these vaccines when they are about four months old.
Vaccines from adult dogs are updated on either a yearly basis or every three years. Depending on a dog's lifestyle, a pet owner may also elect to receive non-core vaccines including, bordetella bronchiseptica, borrelia burgdorferi and leptospira bacteria. Our veterinarians at Veterinary Wellness Center of Boerum Hill will be happy to discuss the potential benefits and riskd of these vaccinations to help you make an informed decision as to whether they are right for your pet.
Core Vaccines for Cats
Our feline friends are also required to get vaccines in order to stay healthy. Core vaccines for cats include
- Feline distemper
- Feline calcivirus
- Feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotrachetitis)
Depending on a kitten's specific risks, their owners may also want them to receive some non-core vaccines as well, including, feline leukemia virus, bordetella, chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus. Our vets will be happy to discuss which of these non-core vaccines may be beneficial to your kitten or cat. Kitten vaccinations aren't administered all at once. Normally they are started around 6-8 weeks of age, and are administered every 3-4 weeks until they are around 16 weeks old. Booster vaccinations for adult cats are administered every one to three years.
Although not technically a vaccine, many pet owners think of managing their pet's parasite prevention as part of the same thought process. The biggest issues for both cats and dogs are heartworms, fleas, and ticks. There are several oral and topical methods to control parasites, and although a few are available over the counter, getting guidance from your Brooklyn vet is the best way to assure that your pet has the best protection. For example, one of the most convenient and effective heartworm treatments for heartworm, ProHeart6 Vaccine is available from Veterinary Wellness Center of Boerum Hill as an injection given every six months,
Keeping up on vaccinations for your pets is important to your pet as well as your family and community. Contact us at Veterinary Wellness Center of Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, NY at (347) 463-9426 to schedule an appointment.
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Veterinary Wellness Center of Boerum Hill, your local full service animal clinic on Brooklyn, offers vaccination packages suited for your dog or cat's specific life style. Appointments(preferred) or Walk In Patients Taken. Below is a list of clinic packages offered along with pricing.
All vaccine packages include a FULL comprehensive physical
medical recommendations if needed*. This service is offered to aid in
the prevention of preventable disease to as many dogs or cats on Brooklyn as possible. Please bring your pet's fecal sample with you as it
is included in the clinic package pricing. Annual fecal samples are
important as approximately 30% of household plants or garden soil have
parasites that your pet can contract and depending on the type of
parasite, transmit to humans. Your cat and/or dog will also have a heart worm test
taken as part of the package pricing. It is imperative that your
dog have annual heart worm testing and dogs and cats should be on a
monthly heart worm preventative. Heart worm disease is transmitted by
mosquitoes and is potentially fatal and extremely expensive to treat.
Heart worm disease is NOT treatable in cats and more difficult to
diagnose, so prevention is that much more important.
- ALL Kittens must have a Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS
Blood test! Feline Leukemia is very contagious, and very deadly. Allow
us to help keep your kitties safe and secure!
*Only healthy pets will be vaccinated as determined by the veterinarian. .