Pet Vaccinations Help Prevent Disease

Pet Vaccinations at Paumanok Veterinary Hospital

Immunization is the easiest and most effective way to prevent disease. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital follows American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines for core vaccines to help maintain your dog’s health. These include:

  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Rabies

There are some vaccines appropriate for some dogs but not all. These non-core vaccines include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • Dental vaccine
  • Canine influenza

Likewise, core vaccines for cats are:

  • Rabies
  • Feline distemper combination
  • Feline leukemia for kittens

Most puppies and kittens require up to four rounds of vaccines to make sure their immune system is protected and strengthened, as well as deworming to get rid of internal parasites.

We always tailor the vaccinations your pet receives by taking into account his or her lifestyle and how much contact there will be with other animals. For example, if your dog loves to be outdoors, a preventive vaccine against leptospirosis might be recommended. On the other hand, if your pet is primarily an animal that stays at home, but is frequently groomed or boarded, we may advise bordetella, or kennel cough, vaccine.

Heartworm Prevention

Because heartworm can cause devastating health problems, we want to make sure that your pet is protected against this easily preventable disease. We will test for heartworm at the annual wellness visit and Paumanok Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians will prescribe a monthly heartworm preventive medication to be given year round. These preventives have become broad spectrum, preventing not only heartworm transmission, but intestinal parasites and, in some cases, fleas as well. This is why we recommend them throughout the year, not just during mosquito season.

Each time you bring your pet in for a visit, we will review his or her records and vaccine boosters will be given as needed. We look forward to your questions about parasite and disease prevention, so please bring them to your pet’s next wellness visit or call our office.

“Thank you, Paumanok Veterinary Hospital! On February 10, in the middle of a snow storm, my wife and I rushed our 5˝-year-old boxer to Paumanok for an emergency visit because of repeated seizures. A few months earlier, he had a couple of seizures and was placed on anti-seizure medicine. He had been doing fine until this latest episode. Dr. Dave took extra time to thoroughly explain our options as well as the potential side effects of the medicine prescribed, which needed to be bumped up slightly. My wife and I have done much research on this and while many vets have slightly different theories and preferences for treating and controlling seizures, Drs. Dave and Dee Hensen have always gone out of their way to not only do the best by our pets but to thoroughly explain the proper maintenance, treatment, and care. They follow up with phone calls, as well as their staff, and it is for these reasons that we’ve trusted the health and well-being of our pets to Paumanok for the last 15 years. I’m happy to say that our dog has been doing much, much better since his medicine was altered. The vets at Paumanok go above and beyond, not only for pets but for the community as well, as they’re active members in Patchogue Rotary Club, and their selfless, tireless hours put into our local community are not lost on this client. We cannot thank you enough.”

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