Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect their health and prevent many life-threatening illnesses. It is essential to administer vaccinations to puppies and kittens to protect their developing immune systems. Our vaccination protocol is based on the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects in the case of vaccinations. Adverse reactions are rare, usually mild, and short-term when they do occur.
It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to a disease. Your West Rome Animal Clinic veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle.
Core Pet Vaccinations
Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended for most pets.
Core vaccines include:
- Rabies is required by law in Georgia for both dogs and cats. Our Rabies vaccines are Thimerosal-Free.
- DAPP – Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvo and Parainfluenza (dog vaccine)
- Bordetella (dog vaccine)
- FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cat vaccine)
Highly Suggested Pet Vaccines
Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccinations for cats, especially those that go outside, include FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. Indoor/outdoor and full-time outdoor cats are at an exponentially greater risk of contracting feline leukemia. All of our feline vaccinations are PUREVAX®.
PUREVAX® is the only fully adjuvant-free feline vaccine range and provides a powerful immune response without adjuvant, thanks to its innovative canarypox technology.
The canine influenza vaccination is recommended if your dog frequents dog parks, boarding kennels, grooming salons, or any place where socializing/close contact with other canines occurs. The canine influenza vaccination is required for boarding at West Rome Animal Clinic.