Disease Prevention Through Vaccination

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness, Critter Health& Wellness

Possibly the single most important thing you can do to keep your pets healthy is to ensure that they’re up to date on their vaccinations. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, some immunizations may be more important for your pets than others, but others will be essential regardless of lifestyle factors: 

For dogs, there are two “Core” vaccines that all dogs should be current on.  These include the DAPP vaccine (which protects against canine distemper, canine adenovirus types 1 & 2, canine parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus), and rabies vaccination (which is also required legally in most municipalities). Depending on your dog’s lifestyle, they may come into contact with other diseases, and thus require additional vaccines to protect against those infirmities.  If your dog visits public places where other dogs are present, such as the dog park, groomer, pet store, boarding facility, etc., vaccinations against Bordetella and canine influenza are also recommended due to the ease of dog-to-dog transmission for these diseases. Dogs who are very active in outdoor areas should also be vaccinated against leptospirosis and Lyme disease. We offer multiple different wellness packages for dogs which include these vaccines as well as parasite prevention and diagnostic wellness testing!

For cats, the “core” vaccines include the FVRCP vaccine (which protects against feline viral Rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia), and rabies vaccination. For cats who spend more time outdoors or mingle with other cats, we would also recommend vaccinating against feline leukemia. We offer multiple cat wellness packages as well!

You should consult with your veterinarian to figure out which immunizations are right for your pet.  AMCMA is proud to offer a variety of comprehensive wellness packages that combine examination, immunizations, parasite screening and early diagnostic wellness testing making this process easy and affordable ensuring your pet lives a long, healthy life!

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.