Vaccines

At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we know the importance of vaccinating all pets to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.  Puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccines every few weeks to establish their initial immunity, and older pets need regular boosters to maintain their protection against common contagious diseases.

Puppies and kittens

We’d love to meet the newest member of your furry family! Our doctors recommend that puppies and kittens get a physical exam and their first vaccines when they are 8 weeks old.   The physical exam and vaccines will be repeated every few weeks until your pet is at least 4 months old.  This establishes the foundation for good health and we hope a long lasting relationship with our Lakeside family.

Adult dogs and cats

The adult pets in your home need routine physical examinations and vaccines as well.  Our veterinarians will review your pet’s unique situation to determine the best combination of vaccines for your pet.  For your older, senior pets or pets with complex medical issues, we may use blood tests called titers to determine whether vaccines are needed in their particular situation.  At Lakeside, we want to ensure that we provide the best medical care for your pet throughout his or her lifetime.

With this in mind, we have designed packages for all stages of your pet’s life that support our doctor’s vaccination recommendations while offering you the most affordable care.  Please contact our team for more details.

General vaccine recommendations

Dogs:

Every dog in your home should receive the following vaccines:

  • Rabies virus
  • DHPP, which is a combination vaccine which protects against:
    • Canine Distemper virus
    • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
    • Canine Parvovirus
    • Canine Parainfluenza virus
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)

Depending on the lifestyle, your dog may also need to be protected from:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine Influenza Virus
  • Lyme disease

Cats:

Every cat in your home should receive the following vaccines:

  • Rabies virus
  • FVRCP, which is a combination vaccine which protects against:
    • Feline Herpes virus
    • Feline Calicivirus
    • Feline Panleukopenia virus

If your feline friend spends time on the patio or comes in contact with other cats, then he or she may need to be protected from:

  • Feline leukemia Virus (applies only to cats at risk)

Parasite prevention

At Lakeside, we believe that all pets should be protected from heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks.  Please discuss optimal parasite control with our team at your next visit.

Wellness examinations and blood work

We want your pets to have more birthdays and to be able to spend more time with you! At Lakeside, we believe that early diagnosis of disease through regular physical examinations and blood testing is essential to the health of your pet.  We recommend examination by one of our veterinarians every six months and blood tests at least once per year.