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Vaccinations for Pets

Vaccines are an easy way to protect your pet from preventable illness and should be kept up to date throughout your pet’s life.

Canine Vaccines

Core vaccines are those that are given to every pet, regardless of lifestyle. Core vaccines for dogs include DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza) and Rabies. Other vaccinations are optional based on the lifestyle of your dog. These are Lyme, Leptospirosis, and Bordetella (commonly called Kennel Cough).

Is there a schedule for how often a dog needs vaccines?

The vaccine protocol is the same for all dogs. A series of three puppy vaccinations are given one month apart at 8 weeks of age, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. One year from the last puppy vaccine, they receive a booster. The core vaccines are administered once every three years after that. The other vaccines are given yearly.

Are checkups required if my pet is up-to-date on all vaccines?

Yes! Just like humans, we recommend yearly exams even if vaccines are up to date. An annual exam and thorough history is one of the most important tools we have at our disposal. Even if your pet appears healthy, a physical exam will allow us to evaluate them for subtle changes. Early detection is the key to successful outcomes and prolongs the length and quality of life for our pets.

Cat Vaccinations

The Core vaccine for kittens is FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia). It should be given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Because some cats spend their lives indoors, further vaccinations are dependent on lifestyle and risk. We recommend FVRCP and Rabies to all cats throughout their lives, but the leukemia vaccine is typically only given to outdoor cats.

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Last Updated: January 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Tantallon Veterinary Hospital