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.

“Three years ago my 6-year-old female Bernese mountain dog, Liberty Belle, tore her ACL on her rear left leg. Dr. Dave operated on her and repaired it, warning me that usually if one goes, the other goes also. I was so impressed by Dr. Dave and his care, concern, and professionalism that I brought my 3-year-old Bernese mountain dog, Starr of Freedom, to him for treatment. Dr. Dave was correct and my 6-year-old Liberty tore her other ACL before the other one was healed. I was distraught, but Dr. Dave talked to me and allayed my fears. He operated on her other leg and in 2 days she was able to hobble around. Today, she is fine and at almost 9 years old, she runs and plays. I am impressed with the hospital staffís professionalism, true concern for the animals, and warm, friendly attitude. They always call a couple of times to follow-up on treatment and will always fit you in for an appointment if your pet is sick. I feel like my pets are in good hands with Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee. Thanks Paumanok for all that you do.”

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