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Pet vaccinations are essential for your pet’s well-being. From your puppy’s first steps to your senior cat’s golden years, pets of all ages need to be kept up to date with the latest vaccinations. Our Baltimore animal hospital offers the full puppy and kitten shot series, along with critical core vaccinations boosters to keep your pet healthy and active for years to come.
Our veterinarians recommend core vaccinations for every pet in the Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney communities. These vaccinations are typically administered as a single combined shot and part of routine wellness pet care. For dogs, the canine core vaccine (DHPP) combines distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. For cats, the feline core vaccine (FVRCP) combines feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection and panleukopenia (feline distemper). All pets, including indoor cats, must be vaccinated against rabies.
Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, we may recommend additional vaccinations. For example, kennel cough (bordetella) is highly contagious in dogs and easily spread in boarding or grooming facilities. If your dog is a frequent visitor to boarding, grooming or doggy daycare, we will recommend an annual vaccination against kennel cough as part of proactive pet care. Feline leukemia, while rare, is highly contagious. If you have multiple cats and one is diagnosed with feline leukemia, we will recommend vaccinating the other cats to protect against this illness.
The kitten and puppy shot series is an important part of kitten and puppy care. This shot series provides critical immunization protection against diseases that can wreak havoc on a young animal’s health. When pets are first born, they receive basic immunization protection from their mother. Once young pets are weaned, however, they are vulnerable to illness. The shot series is administered every three to four weeks until your pet reaches 18 to 20 weeks of age. Your pet will then need to receive a booster shot one year following the complete puppy/kitten shot series. Our veterinarian works closely with pet owners to ensure pets are fully protected against illness with a vaccination schedule that matches your pet’s lifestyle needs.
Pet vaccinations are safe, highly effective and essential to pet care in the Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney communities. Like any medication, there is always a small risk for allergic reaction. However, the chance of an allergic reaction is extremely unlikely; if your pet has previously been vaccinated without a problem, it is unlikely an allergic reaction will occur to future vaccines. There is a far greater risk of your unvaccinated pet becoming seriously ill and possibly even dying from a preventable disease than suffering an allergic reaction to vaccines.
We understand that you may have questions or concerns about your pet’s vaccination schedule. Our veterinarian is always happy to answer any questions you may have about the safety and effectiveness of pet vaccinations.
From rabies to distemper, an unvaccinated pet is susceptible to a number of deadly diseases. Don’t put your pet’s health at risk – contact our veterinary clinic today at (410) 665-6996to be sure your pet is up to date on all critical vaccinations.