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Why Pet Vaccinations are Important

Cats and dogs both are vulnerable to common diseases, some of which can be highly dangerous. As a pet owner, you want your pet to remain happy and healthy so you can enjoy your time with them, yet these diseases can put a stopper on the fun. Luckily, with cat and dog vaccinations, your pet can avoid the serious complications of illness. At New Berlin Animal Hospital, we design unique vaccination protocols for every pet to suit their individual needs.

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Essential Vaccines for Cats and Dogs

Not all pets need all vaccines, yet there are some common diseases against which every cat and dog should be vaccinated. With every protocol, we follow the guidelines laid out by AAHA and AAFP to prevent overvaccination. This includes our essential vaccines which are given on a three-year or yearly basis depending on the vaccine.

  • Rabies. You’ve likely heard of rabies before. It is highly infectious and affects the central nervous system of mammals. Once infected, the disease is almost always fatal. Both cats and dogs need the rabies vaccine. Dogs receive it every three years, while cats need it annually.
  • DHPPL (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis). This combination vaccine for dogs protects against some of the most common viral infections as well as the bacterial infection, Leptospirosis. Your puppy will receive DHPPL as part of their vaccination series and your adult dog will need boosters of DHPP every three years, and a Leptospirosis booster annually.
  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia). A feline combination vaccine, this protects against three common, and potentially deadly, illnesses. Your kitten will receive FVRCP as part of their vaccination series, while your adult cat will need a booster every three years.

Other Common Vaccinations

We highly recommend the vaccines above for every cat and dog. However, there are other vaccines needed only for pets who are at high risk. These include:

  • Bordetella (kennel cough). Bordetella is a highly contagious respiratory infection and many grooming and boarding facilities require it. We also recommend it for dogs who travel, attend dog shows or training classes, or visit dog parks frequently. Boosters are necessary every 6 months.
  • Lyme Disease. Lyme is a tickborne illness spread by the deer tick. We recommend that dogs who are frequently outdoors in wooded areas receive this vaccine on an annual basis.
  • Feline Leukemia. We offer this vaccine to all kittens for their first year. Then, we’ll assess your pet’s lifestyle and either continue the vaccine annually if your cat is an outdoor cat or discontinue use if they are indoor-only.
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Ask Us Questions

Have any questions or concerns about pet vaccinations or overvaccination? Contact us today at 262-782-6910 or schedule your appointment online.

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