Immunization is the easiest and most effective way to prevent disease. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. follows American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines for core vaccines to help maintain your dog’s health. These include:
There are some vaccines appropriate for some dogs but not all. These non-core vaccines include:
- Lyme disease
- Canine influenza
- Canine Bordetella (aka. Kennel Cough)
Likewise, core vaccines for cats are:
- 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.
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, P.C.’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.