Pet Vaccinations at Liberty Vet Pets
Here at Liberty Vet Pets, we have a fully equipped animal hospital and a mobile vet for house calls that makes getting pet vaccinations and shots as convenient as possible. Our Philadelphia veterinary team is ready to help your furry friends healthy and strong by administering both core and non-core vaccines for cats in dogs.
How Vaccinations Protect Pets
As in their human counterparts, cats and dogs who get proper vaccines and booster shots as scheduled have greater ability to fight of numerous disease-causing organisms through resistance and immunity. The antigens within vaccines gently stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies that help recognize certain invaders and fight them off in the future. Along with routine health care checkups and boosters as needed, pets are likely to experience fewer illnesses and potentially fatal conditions.
Types of Immunizations our Philadelphia Veterinarian Offers
There are two categories of vaccines: core and non-core, with core being considered essential to fight viruses while non-core shots are typically only needed for pets with a certain type of lifestyle or risk factors for bacterial infections. Dogs and cats with health problems, who live in multiple pet households, who are boarded frequently or suffer from allergies may benefit from non-core vaccinations as determined by your veterinarian.
Rabies and Distemper for Cats and Dogs
Rabies vaccines should be given to cats and dogs between 8 and 16 weeks of age for optimal protection. Rabies shots are available in one or three year injections and will require boosters on that set schedule to maintain efficacy in preventing this often fatal disease.
Distemper vaccines are considered core for canines and is highly recommended for cats as well. Distemper affects the gastrointestinal, digestive, nervous and respiratory symptoms and this condition is often called panleukopenia in felines. Before vaccines were available, this condition was a leading cause of death in domesticated cats.
Recommendations for Dogs—Parvo, Leptospirosis and Bordetella
Injections to prevent against canine parvovirus are highly recommended for dogs, as it typically results in a quick and painful death. Puppies should get this shot around 14 weeks of age, as Parvo is highly contagious. This essential vaccine is most often given in the form of a 4- way DHPP or 5-way DHLPP vaccination, which covers Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus) Leptospira, Parainfluenza and Parvo.
First injections should be given to pups at six weeks and followed up with boosters in 2 or 4 week intervals and then every three years. Bordetella is a non-core vaccine but is excellent for multiple pet households and those who board frequently.
Vaccines for Cats: Feline Calicivirus, Herpes and Leukemia Virus
The AVMA recommends that all cats get vaccinated for feline herpes and calicivirus, as they source respiratory and viral infections. Feline leukemia and herpes are contagious to other animals in the home, with leukemia being a leading killer amid cats, making it essential for multiple animal homes.
Make Liberty Pet Vet Your First Choice for House Calls and Vaccinations
Liberty Pet Vet in Philadelphia is pleased offer convenient mobile vet services and offer house calls. Call Liberty Pet Vet today at 888-458-8587 to schedule an appointment.