VCA Bay Park Veterinary clinic offers a full range of vaccinations for your dog or cat that will help your pet avoid serious preventable diseases. What makes our vaccinations different is the level of personal service you and your pet will receive to make sure they get the best possible vaccine protection. New-patient vaccinations are given with a complete pet health exam so that we can understand all aspects of your pets’ healthcare needs and give you sound recommendations. We will consult with you and tailor your pets’ personalized immunization plan to their lifestyle and risk profile.
The initial $25 complete pet health exam includes a thorough head-to-tail exam, health recommendations for young pets, understanding and recording your older pets’ health history, and suggestions for the best ongoing pet healthcare including parasite control, dental health, spaying or neutering and behavior counseling or training. This is one-on-one time with the doctor that helps ensure that your pet stays healthy and well as long as possible.
Following is detailed information on the major dog and cat vaccines that apply to most pets.
DA2P/P vaccine: Commonly referred to as the Distemper-Parvo vaccine, this dog vaccination will protect your dog against the most serious respiratory and intestinal diseases common to dogs:
- D = Canine distemper
- A2 = Adenovirus type 1 (also covers infectious canine hepatitis) and adenovirus type 2
- P = Canine parvovirus
- P = Parainfluenza
ALL puppies should receive this vaccination every 3 weeks starting when they are 6 to 8 weeks old until they are about 16 weeks of age. Adult dogs should receive a distemper- parvo vaccine booster every 3 years.
Rabies Vaccine: This vaccine is required by law and will protect your pet from contracting rabies which is invariably fatal and is also serious risk to humans.
Kennel Cough vaccine (also called Bordetella vaccine): This disease causes severe upper respiratory signs of coughing an gagging. It is highly contagious and is recommended for any dog who will have contact with other dogs at parks, kennels, groomers etc.
Non-core vaccines: There are several other non-core vaccines including Lyme disease, corona virus, and rattlesnake vaccines. We do not promote the use of these vaccines unless there is a specific risk to your pet.
FVRC/P: This cat vaccination provides protection for your cat against the common cat respiratory diseases and viral diarrhea.
- FVR = Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), is a contagious upper respiratory infection of cats that can cause severe disease including pneumonia and death in kittens.
- C = Feline calicivirus (FCV), in addition to FHV-1, is the other common viral respiratory infection in cats.
- P = Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), more commonly known as feline distemper, is caused by the feline parvovirus, a close relative of canine parvovirus. It is not related to canine distemper. Panleukopenia is highly contagious and can be fatal.
Like the distemper-parvo vaccine in dogs, this vaccine is recommended for all cats starting at age 6 to 8 weeks and is given every 3 weeks for a series of 3 vaccinations. Adult cats should be vaccinated every 3 years.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine: This cat vaccination protects against the feline leukemia virus which is potentially fatal and is spread between cats by body fluid exchange. Outdoor cats are at the greatest risk and should be vaccinated as kittens and then every 2 years until they are 5 years of age. Cats that never go outside should receive the vaccine as kittens, but need not receive bi-annual boosters for feline leukemia unless they go outside.
Rabies Vaccine: All cats that venture outside are at risk for exposure to rabies and should receive the rabies vaccine throughout their life. Indoor cats are at very minimal risk and while we recommend the vaccine for public health reasons, we recognize that the risk of rabies exposure is extremely low and the ultimate decision is at the owner’s discretion.
Non-core vaccines for cats include FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, feline AIDS). These vaccines are not recommended primarily because their efficacy is marginal at best. There is no evidence that the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus can infect humans.
Please call us today for a phone consultation on your pet’s vaccination needs and to schedule an appointment: 619-276-1616
We are open to serve you six days a week making it easy to schedule your pets’ vaccination.