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The doctors at Stack Veterinary Hospital customize a vaccine protocol to meet your pet's needs and lifestyle.

What You Need to Know About Vaccinating Your Pet 

Puppies and kittens receive an initial series of vaccines during their first 16 weeks of life. After they have gone through their initial series your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine protocol that best fits your pet's lifestyle. No set vaccination frequency is right for every pet. Vaccinating your pet is the best way to prevent certain diseases in your dog or cat.

Canine Vaccines

Dogs should be vaccinated against Rabies and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus). The DHPP vaccine provides protection against diseases that are highly contagious and could lead to death. The Rabies vaccine is required by law in all states in the U.S. Dogs are vaccinated for life against Rabies and DHPP.

For dogs with an active outdoor lifestyle with risk of exposure we also recommend vaccinating against Leptospirosis and Lyme disease. If your dog goes to a groomer, boarding facility, training facility or day care we recommend vaccinating for Kennel Cough or Influenza. These four vaccines are given based on lifestyle. We also recommend a yearly screening blood parasite test to check for heartworm disease, and three tick borne diseases; Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis.

Feline Vaccines

Kittens and stray cats should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency virus. Cats should be vaccinated for Rabies and FVRCP (feline panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus). The FVRCP vaccine provides protection against contagious upper respiratory viruses. The Rabies vaccine is required by law in all states in the U.S. Cats are vaccinated against Rabies and FVRCP for life. For cats that go outside the Feline Leukemia vaccine may also be recommended.

It is important to protect your dog or cat against these diseases. For more information on vaccinating your pet(s) please call us.

To help your veterinarian understand your pet's lifestyle and vaccination needs please fill out the following worksheet and bring it with you to your appointment.

Canine Risk Factors Worksheet

For more information you can also check out the following brochures.

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