Essential Vaccines for Dogs
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHPP) - This combination vaccine actually protects against the four diseases in its full name
Rabies - Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in most states.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) - The bordetella virus causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog goes to a dog park, groomer, boarding kennel, doggie daycare or dog show.
Essential Vaccines for Cats
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) - This combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”)
Rabies - Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for cats are required by law in most states.
Feline Leukemia (Felv) - Felv is a viral infection that is only transmitted through close contact, and this vaccine is generally only recommended for cats that go outdoors.
Bordetella - This bacteria causes highly contagious upper respiratory infections. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your cat goes to a boarding kennel or groomer.
Heartworm Testing - Testing ensures that your pet is free of adult heartworms, and ready to start or continue on heartworm preventive medication.
Pet Microchipping - A small, electronic chip with an identification number is injected under the pet's skin for identification purposes if the pet gets lost.