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 dogís 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 Hospitalís 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 petís next wellness visit or call our office.

“Thanks Drs. Dave, Dee, and your wonderful staff. It has been just about a year since we found out that Sullivan, our 7Ĺ-year-old German shepherd, had cancer. We had just lost his brother, Finnigan, 6 months earlier to a genetic disorder. WE WERE HORRIFIED!!! Surgery was necessary to remove the tumor. The procedure was radical, and Dr. Dave had never preformed it before. He was ready to call in a specialist. Dr. Dave and his wonderful staff have cared for our Sully and his brother Fin ever since they were 8 weeks old. If he believed he could perform the surgery, we wanted him to do it. The prognosis was not good. This type of cancer would probably return within the year. Well, Sully is doing just great. He is cancer free. Our heartfelt thanks just donít seem to be enough. Drs. Dave, Dee, and the staff at Paumanok are the only ones we will ever use.”

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