Puppy & Kitten Care

Vaccinations

Vaccinations

Kittens, puppies, and most adult pets, require a number of vaccinations at regular intervals to protect them against life-threatening conditions. We administer vaccinations to our pets in an effort to ‘teach’ their immune system how to respond to certain antigens, in order to build an adequate response, should they become infected with that particular pathogen later on in life.


What are Vaccinations?


Kittens, puppies, and most adult pets, require a number of vaccinations at regular intervals to protect them against life-threatening conditions. We administer vaccinations to our pets in an effort to ‘teach’ their immune system how to respond to certain antigens, in order to build an adequate response, should they become infected with that particular pathogen later on in life.


In puppies and kittens, we may administer these more frequently than we will in our adult pets. However, it is important that all pets, regardless of age, be kept up-to-date on their vaccines. Which vaccines your pet may need, and how frequently, may depend on several factors, including; the region you live in, your pet’s lifestyle/activity, their overall health status, as well as previous medical history. Your Vetted veterinarian will create a customized vaccination plan for your pet, based on all of the above. 


Types of Vaccines

It is generally recognized that pet vaccinations can fall under one of two categories; ‘core’ and ‘non-core’.


Core Vaccinations are those recommended for all pets, regardless of their lifestyle or risk of exposure.



In dogs, these include Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus Type-2), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. These last 4 agents are often combined into 1 injection, commonly referred to as the ‘DHPP’ vaccine.


In cats, these include Rabies and FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia).


Non-core vaccines are those which may or may not be needed for your pet, based on their lifestyle and risk factors. Your Vetted veterinarian will assess your pet’s risk of exposure, and may recommend these if it is determined they are appropriate. The following vaccines are available through your Vetted team.


Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs

Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) : Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent, commonly implicated in the ‘Kennel Cough’ respiratory complex. It is commonly transmitted in environments where many dogs congregate, including; dog parks, kennels, dog shows, etc.  Annual or 6-month boosters may be recommended for dogs in high-risk environments.


Lyme Disease: This vaccine is generally recommended only for dogs with a higher risk of exposure to Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Although routine tick prevention is also important, if your pet is at an increased risk of tick exposure, vaccination may provide another level of protection against this debilitating disease. 


Leptospirosis (Lepto): Leptospirosis is a bacterial agent, commonly transmitted via exposure to wildlife or their urine. Exposure to rodents and potentially contaminated standing water can also lead to a leptospirosis infection.


Canine Influenza: Canine Influenza does occur in California and can get your dog quite ill. It is not usually a life-threatening condition, but it can be quite dangerous in pets with certain risk factors. The virus is generally transmitted by close contact with or aerosol transmission from infected dogs, however many pets can be asymptomatic and may still shed the virus. Please consult your Vetted veterinarian to determine your pet’s risk of exposure and suitability for vaccination. 


Rattlesnake Vaccine (Crotalus Atrox Toxoid): Rattlesnakes are present in many areas where our Vetted patients may choose to go on walks/hikes or other activities. Please consult your Vetted veterinarian to determine your pet’s risk of exposure and suitability for vaccination. 


Non-Core Vaccines for Cats

FeLV Vaccine (Feline Leukemia Virus): Feline Leukemia is a potentially fatal virus, infecting many cats around the world. It can cause a multitude of signs and symptoms, including cancers and infections. In addition, many cats are infected but show virtually no signs for years. The virus is transmitted by close contact with other infected cats, grooming, and even just sharing food/water dishes. The virus can also be passed from a mother cat to her kittens. The vaccine is recommended for any cats who may potentially go outdoors. A blood test may be required prior to vaccination.  


Vaccinations with Vetted

We believe that vaccinating your pet is very important. It makes up a key component of routine preventative care, and failure to appropriately vaccinate your pet could lead to a preventable disease, which is often difficult to treat. That being said, it is Vetted PetCare’s belief that unnecessary vaccination should be avoided. 


Please consult with the Vetted team to determine your pet’s personalized vaccination plan. You can always contact us or book an appointment online.