Vaccinations

Vaccinations 2018-07-02T14:52:02+00:00

Pet Vaccinations

All dogs and cats require vaccines to prevent life threatening illnesses but not every pet is the same. Vaccinations are selected according to your pet’s general health, breed, traveling plans, and life style. Below is a list of our canine and feline vaccines offered here at Desert Dunes Animal Hospital.

The doctors at Desert Dunes have updated vaccine requirements recently to include Canine Influenza as an annual vaccine. Starting October 1st, 2018, it will be mandatory for all dogs using our boarding or bathing facilities to be completely vaccinated. If your pet has a current annual examination, you can come in without an appointment at any time to have the first vaccine started. The 2nd booster (second Influenza) is 3 weeks after the initial Influenza Vaccine. It takes 6 weeks to be completely vaccinated for the series of Canine Influenza so please plan accordingly.

Canine Vaccine Requirements

Rabies
Da2pp
Bordetella
Influenza

Feline Vaccine Requirements

Rabies
FVRCP

OUTDOOR CATS:
Rabies

FVRCP
Leukemia

Canine Vaccinations

Da2pp or Ultra Da2p (low dose for toy breeds):

Recommended for ALL puppies! This vaccine consists of Distemper Adenovirus Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. Distemper virus and Parvo are one of the most common LIFE threatening contagious diseases that a puppy can contract. Puppies are started around 8 to 9 weeks with Parvo/Distemper combo and given every 3 to 4 weeks until the puppy reaches 15 to 16 weeks old. Even if a puppy was vaccinated early with their breeder your pup will still need to be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks until 15 to 16 weeks old. The last puppy Da2pp will be good for one year, then 3 years thereafter.

Rabies

Rabies is recommended for all puppies (usually given after 16 weeks old but in California can legally be given after 12 weeks). Rabies is the only vaccine required by law. Rabies is a fatal virus that can be contracted by most mammals and is highly contagious. Rabies is most commonly carried by bats in the desert, but Raccoons, Foxes, and Skunks are the most common primary carriers. First Rabies is good for 1 year then 3-year boosters thereafter Our Rabies vaccine is Mercury Free! Mercury or “Thirmosal” is a common additive in most rabies vaccines that has been thought to cause a higher incidence of post vaccine reactions.

Bordetella

Bordetella is recommended for all puppies that will be around other dogs or grooming/boarding facilities. Bordetella is usually given after 10 weeks old. Bordetella is an oral vaccine that protects canines against Bordetella bronchiseptica. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a highly contagious bacterium that can cause mild to severe tracheobronchitis or upper respiratory infections in canines. This is one of the few upper respiratory infections that are known as “kennel Cough” Bordetella is a 1-year vaccine.

Canine Influenza

Influenza is recommended for all puppies that will be around other dogs or grooming/boarding facilities. Influenza is a series of 2 vaccines boostered 2-4 weeks apart then yearly thereafter. Influenza is usually started after Da2pp puppy series but can be given as early as 8-10 weeks.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis vaccine is recommended for all dogs exposed to fresh water streams such as lakes, rivers, ponds, or small creeks where wild animals have access to. Leptospirosis is a Zoonotic bacterium (contagious to humans) that can cause kidney and liver failure. Leptospirosis is a series of 2 vaccines boostered 2-4 weeks apart then yearly thereafter. Leptospirosis is usually started after Da2pp puppy series but can be given as early as 8-10 weeks.

Lyme

Lyme Vaccine is recommended for all dogs living or traveling into tick endemic regions. Lyme disease (Borrelia Burgdorferi) is a bacterium and is the most common tick transmitted disease. Lyme is a series of 2 vaccines boostered 2-4 weeks apart then yearly thereafter. Lyme is usually started after Da2pp puppy series but can be given as early as 8-10 weeks.

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake vaccine is recommended to dogs that are living, traveling, or hiking in high risk rattlesnake regions. Rattlesnake vaccine does NOT stop the need for immediate medical attention but can lessen the effects of the snake venom initially. Rattlesnake is a series of 2 vaccines given 4 weeks apart and can be given after 16 weeks old

Feline Vaccinations

Fvrcp

Fvrcp (feline distemper) consists of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Fvrcp protects against very contagious and common respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. Fvrpc is recommended to all Kittens. Fvrcp vaccine is started around 8 to 9 weeks and is given every 3 to 4 weeks until 15-16 weeks old. The last kitten Fvrcp will be good for one year, then 3 years thereafter.

Rabies

Rabies is recommended for all cats (usually given after 16 weeks old but in California can legally be given after 12 weeks). Rabies is the only vaccine required by law. Rabies is a fatal virus that can be contracted by most mammals and is highly contagious. Rabies is most commonly carried by bats in the desert, but Raccoons, Foxes, and Skunks are the most common primary carriers. First Rabies is good for 1 year then 3-year boosters thereafter Our Rabies vaccine is Mercury Free! Mercury or “Thirmosal” is a common additive in most rabies vaccines that has been thought to cause a higher incidence of post vaccine reactions.

Leukemia

Leukemia is recommended to all kittens that have or will have any exposure to other cats that are not proven to be Leukemia negative. Leukemia is spread from cat to cat through saliva, blood, and less often urine/ feces. Leukemia is ultimately a fatal disease that can present with a multitude of symptoms including pale gums, jaundice, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, respiratory hardship, diarrhea, poor hair coat quality, and stomatitis. Leukemia is a series of 2 vaccines boostered 2-4 weeks apart then yearly thereafter. Leukemia is usually started around 11 to 12 weeks and is often given along with Fvrcp.

“Our goal is to properly vaccinate your pet without over vaccinating your pet!”
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