Vaccines are important for keeping dogs and cats protected from disease. Our vaccinations are administered on an individual basis, determined by the needs and lifestyle of each pet. At Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital, we offer a range of vaccines to keep pets in Dublin and surrounding areas healthy and protected. Visit with us to discuss your pet’s individual vaccine plan today!
Core Cat Vaccines
Some diseases are considered such a threat to pets and the population at large, that they are classified as core and are administered to all of our patients:
- FVRCP: Covers Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia, and is given at 6 and 9 weeks.
- Rabies: The feline rabies vaccine is first given between 8 to 12 weeks old and readministered every year.
- FeLuk (feline leukemia) for kittens: Due to the risk leukemia poses to kittens, this is a core vaccine.
Noncore Cat Vaccines
Though no less important than core if your cat meets the criteria, noncore vaccines are only recommended based on lifestyle and additional risk factors:
- FeLuk for adult cats: Highly recommended for any indoor/outdoor cat.
Core Dog Vaccines
It has only been through the responsible use of vaccines that some serious diseases have been controlled. Due to how contagious and common they are, rabies and canine distemper vaccines are core. Therefore, we administer them to all of our dog patients:
- Rabies: Protects your pet from the very serious threat of rabies. Erath County is always one of the most endemic counties in Texas for rabies-positive cases. The vaccine should be given at 15-16 weeks of age. We give a 1-year vaccine.
- DAPP (canine distemper): Covers Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (aka the “puppy shot”). We give 2 rounds of DAPP and 2 rounds of DHLP at 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks. After that series, pets should remain protected for about 1 year after.
Noncore Dog Vaccines
When we consider risk factors that your dog’s individual lifestyle can lend, we may recommend certain noncore vaccines:
- Leptospirosis: The bacteria that causes leptospirosis are spread through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. Many different kinds of wild and domestic animals carry the bacterium. We typically give the leptospirosis vaccine with canine distemper, known as the DHLP combination shot.
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Required for grooming/boarding. Offers immunity to Adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Given at 12 weeks or older. Pets need one vaccination and a follow-up booster 21 days later. This vaccine should last for about 1 year.
- Lyme (Borrelia Burgdorferi Bacterin): Given at 16 weeks and older; needs one shot and then needs to be boosted in 21 days. Good for 1 year.
- Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox): Given at 16 weeks and older and then boosted in 21 days. This vaccine is good for 1 year.
Please contact us with any questions on what vaccines your pet might need!