Vaccinations Prevent Disease to Extend the Life of Your Las Vegas Pet

Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the most important preventive steps you can take for the health of your pet. Vaccines prevent diseases, often debilitating or life-threatening diseases, and preventing such illness is essential to a long and healthy life for every animal.

As each animal is different, vaccine decisions are made on an individual basis for your animals. When developing an immunization schedule for your pet, we take these factors into consideration:

  • Age
  • Breed
  • Lifestyle
  • Travel habits
  • Pet owner needs and plans

Health concerns vary from city to city and even in various sections of cities, so we tailor your pet's immunization program to your local conditions as well. Tropicana Animal Hospital veterinarians work with you to create a unique program that incorporates all of these factors, and gives your pet optimum protection from disease.

Our recommendation for basic vaccines is as follows:

Dogs

Types of canine vaccines that may be recommended are:

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus (DAPP)—1-year vaccine
  • Rabies—3-year vaccine, except for first vaccine administration
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)—every six months, as needed based on requirements of kennel or other high exposure environments

Puppy Series-typical vaccines may include:

  • DAPP—start at 6-8 weeks, then a booster every 3-4 weeks, usually 3 doses or
  • DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus)—start at 6-8 weeks, then a booster every 3-4 weeks, usually 3 doses
  • Rabies—at 12-16 weeks

Cats

Types of feline vaccines that may be recommended are:

  • Feline Distemper/Upper respiratory (FVRCP)—1-year vaccine
  • Rabies—3-year vaccine, except for first vaccine administration
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLv)—annually, as needed if your cat goes outdoors

Kitten Series—typical vaccines may include:

  • FVRCP—start at 6 weeks, then a booster every 3-4 weeks, at least three doses
  • Rabies— at 12-16 weeks
  • FeLv— if kitten goes outside, at 8-9 weeks-never earlier!-then booster 4 weeks later

This vaccine schedule is a basic guideline. We may alter the vaccines needed for your pet. Discuss your questions and concerns with us at your next visit to Tropicana Animal Hospital.

For more information about pet vaccines, view the American Animal Hospital Association website.