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Many animal diseases can now be prevented through routine vaccination, protecting your pet from serious (and potentially life-threatening) illness. Not all pets need to be vaccinated for all of the diseases for which vaccines are currently available, and creating a personalized vaccination schedule with your veterinarian is an important aspect of your pet’s wellness plan. Vaccination against Rabies is required by law in California for all domestic pets, including dogs and cats.

ALWAYS ALERT US PRIOR TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF ANY VACCINATION IF YOUR PET HAS EVER EXPERIENCED ANY REACTION TO A VACCINE OR IF YOUR PET HAS RECENTLY HAD ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS. For the protection and welfare of your pet, if it shows any sign of illness or has recently shown any sign of illness, it will not be vaccinated. ONLY HEALTHY ANIMALS SHOULD BE VACCINATED.
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Vaccination & De-Worming Guidelines

Due to outbreaks of highly contagious and dangerous diseases, it is strongly recommended that you do NOT allow your pet to come in contact with other animals and that you do NOT expose your pet to areas where other pets may have been UNTIL AFTER your pet has received it’s ENTIRE SERIES of APPROPRIATE vaccinations!

KEEP YOUR PET IN YOUR HOUSE and/or backyard UNTIL it has received it’s full set of vaccines which will help produce and develop the proper antibodies which are necessary to best fight these serious diseases! (That means NO walks, NO playing in parks, NO playing in the front yard, and NO visits to pet supply stores or friends homes or anywhere else)!

Do NOT allow other animals to be brought into your home or yard which are not HEALTHY AND which have not been PREVIOUSLY & PROPERLY VACCINATED.

RABIES (Killed Virus)

  • Dogs MUST be at least 4 months old to receive a Rabies vaccination. All dogs in the State of California are required by law to be vaccinated for Rabies, stay current on their vaccines, and be licensed. Rabies vaccines are good for 3 years for dogs over 1 year old with proof of prior licensing or proof of prior Rabies vaccination by a licensed U.S. veterinarian. Otherwise, it is good for 1 year, regardless of the pet's age.

DHPP ("DA2PP"/"4-in-1") (Modified Live Virus)

(Distemper, Adenovirus 2, Parainfluenza, Parvo Virus)

  • Puppies 6 weeks to 16 weeks old: Should receive an initial series of 3 DHPP vaccinations administered 4 weeks apart.
  • Puppies & Dogs older than 16 weeks old: Should receive an initial series of 2 DHPP vaccinations administered 3 to 4 weeks apart. **(Ideally, your puppy should receive its last set of vaccines between the age of 14 weeks to 16 weeks old to achieve the best immunity).
  • Dogs should receive their first booster vaccination 12 months after the completion of the initial series. Thereafter, boosters are recommended every 12 to 36 months.

BORDETELLA (Killed Bacterin - Injectable)

(Bordetella Bronchiseptica)

  • Puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks old: Should receive an initial series of 3 Bordetella vaccinations administered 3 to 4 weeks apart.
  • Puppies & Dogs older than 16 weeks old: Should receive an initial series of 2 Bordetella vaccinations administered 2 - 4 weeks apart. **(Ideally, your puppy should receive its last set of vaccines between the age of 14 weeks to 16 weeks old to achieve the best immunity).
  • Dogs should receive their first booster vaccination 12 months after the completion of the initial series. Thereafter, boosters are recommended at least every 12 months, and sometimes more frequently depending on exposure to other dogs and other factors.

LYME (Killed Whole Bacterin)

(Borrelia Burgdorferi / Lyme Borreliosis)

  • Puppies & Dogs 9 weeks and older: Should receive an initial series of 2 Lyme vaccinations administered 2 to 4 weeks apart.
  • Dogs should receive their first booster vaccination 12 months after the completion of the initial series. Thereafter, boosters are recommended every 12 months.

RABIES (Killed Virus)

  • Cats MUST be at least 4 months old to receive a Rabies vaccination. In some areas in the State of California, cats are required by law to be vaccinated for Rabies, and in some areas it is mandatory to license cats. If you have proof of prior licensing or proof of a prior Rabies vaccination from a licensed veterinarian in the United States and your cat is over one year old, the vaccination is good for 3 years. Otherwise, the vaccination is good for 1 year, regardless of the cat's age. EXCEPTION: "Purevax", a non-adjuvant Rabies vaccine, is always good for 1 year, regardless of age.

    **Cat owners have their choice of which Rabies vaccine they would like administered to their cats. "Purevax" is a non-adjuvant vaccine which may help in reducing the risk of the cat developing sarcomas (cancer) from the Rabies vaccines. Cats may be more prone than dogs to develop these sarcomas which can appear many years after the vaccine was administered.

FVRCP ("3-in1") (Modified Live Virus)

(Rhinotracheitis [Herpes virus-1], Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

  • Kittens & Cats older than 16 weeks old: Should receive an initial series of 2 FVRCP vaccinations administered 3 to 4 weeks apart. **(Ideally, your kitten should receive its last set of vaccines between the age of 14 weeks to 16 weeks old to achieve the best immunity).
  • Cats should receive their first booster vaccination 12 months after the completion of the initial series. Thereafter, boosters are recommended every 12 months.

FELV (Killed Virus)

(Feline Leukemia Virus)

  • Kittens and Cats 9 weeks and older: Should receive an initial series of 2 FELV vaccinations administered 3 to 4 weeks apart.

    **(Ideally, your kitten should receive its last set of vaccines between the age of 14 weeks to 16 weeks old to achieve the best immunity, so starting your kitten on the FELV vaccine at age 10 weeks to 12 weeks may be more beneficial).

  • Cats should receive their booster vaccination 12 months after the completion of the initial series. Thereafter, boosters are recommended every 12 month.

DE-WORMING FOR DOGS & CATS

The following general recommendations are only to be used as guidelines. Always consult with a regular licensed veterinarian to obtain accurate and detailed information about other parasite control, as additional worms/parasites exist which may require further and different medication and/or treatment if your pet is infested. Additionally, worms/parasites can be transmitted to humans. For more information about humans contracting worms/parasites, contact your physician.
  • ALL INITIAL DE-WORMINGS MUST BE FOLLOWED BY A 2ND DE-WORMING ADMINISTERED 2 WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST DE-WORMING. On rare occasions, a 3rd de-worming may be necessary.
  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ROUNDWORMS: Spaghetti-like worms found in feces (stool) and/or in vomit. However, Roundworms do not necessarily have to be seen in order for your pet to be infested. Roundworms can cause a serious and dangerous health risk to your pet.

    **(The medication used at our mobile clinics for the treatment of Roundworm infestation is an oral medication called "Pyrantel Pamoate". The dosage varies depending on the weight of the animal.)

  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TAPEWORMS: Segments of tapeworms usually have a flat appearance anywhere up to 1/2 inch or they can look like rice kernels after they become dry. Tapeworms are usually found in feces or around the anal area. On rare occasion, they can be found in vomit. However, Tapeworms do not necessarily have to be seen in order for your pet to be infested. Tapeworms are caused by the ingestion of a flea and can grow inside your pet to several feet in length, causing a serious and dangerous health risk to your pet.

    **(The medication used at our mobile clinics for the treatment of Tapeworm infestation is an injectable medication called "Droncit" (active ingredient: "Praziquantel"). The dosage varies depending on the weight of the animal.)

Often puppies and kittens are at the highest risk of having worms/parasites. All infestations of worms/parasites should be treated with the proper medication. At some of our mobile clinics we are able to offer de-wormings to puppies, adult dogs, kittens, and adult cats.

Vaccination against Rabies is required by law in California