Pet Vaccines in Waynesboro, VA

At Woodworth Animal Hospital, we want to help you maintain your pet’s health. An important part of their health is making sure all of their core vaccines are up to date, and we are happy to provide all the necessary vaccines in Waynesboro, VA. In addition to core vaccines, we feel that there are other vaccines that are essential to your pet’s health, especially in the part of the country we live. These vaccines include:

CANINE VACCINATIONS

Core:

  • Rabies – Rabies is fatal to pets & people, which is why the Rabies vaccine is required by law in most states, and if you want to travel with your pet in any state.
  • DAPP – This is a combination vaccine that may be given as part of the Core Vaccines. It is a vaccination against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. This vaccine should be given right away as there is no treatment for distemper, but the vaccine can prevent them getting it. Additionally, parvovirus is highly contagious, but the vaccine can prevent your puppy from getting it.

Non-Core:

  • Leptospirosis – We feel this vaccination is important to you and your pet as Leptospirosis can be spread from animals to humans. This infection is most common in moist climates, or areas with standing water.
  • Bordetella or “Kennel Cough” – While this is not considered a “core vaccine” we feel that it is necessary for all dogs, even if they are not going into a boarding facility. Bordetella is an infection that could be spread during a visit to your groomer, the dog park, or a doggie playdate, transmission is not limited to extended kennel stays.
  • Lyme Disease – We strongly recommend a Lyme Disease vaccine for all dogs that we see, as we are in an area where this disease is more prevalent.

FELINE VACCINATIONS

We understand that a visit to the veterinarian can be extra challenging for our feline patients. It is our goal to make your cat’s visit as stress-free as possible. Please ask for suggestions on how to make the cat carrier and car ride easier. Once you arrive, please ask to be moved to an exam room as soon as possible to continue to keep your cat’s stress level as low as possible. It is important to have regular wellness examinations for your feline companion because they are excellent at hiding illnesses. Often times they do not show signs of a problem until they have been ill for quite some time.

As part of your cat’s care, we strongly recommend keeping their vaccines up-to-date. Feline vaccinations include:

Core Feline Vaccines:

  • Rabies Virus – Merial purevax rabies vaccine given specifically to feline patients. Given at sixteen weeks of age for kittens or any age for adults with unknown vaccine status.  Boostered annually.
  • FVRCP – Feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia combo vaccine – This vaccine can be given to kittens as early as six to eight weeks of age and is boostered every three to four weeks until the patient is sixteen weeks or older. This vaccine is then given one year after the kitten series and every three years thereafter. If administered for the first time in an adult cat, there must be two vaccines given three to four weeks apart.

Non-Core Feline Vaccines:

  • Feline leukemia virus – This vaccine is recommended for all kittens and any adult cat that spends time outside  or is otherwise exposed to cats of unknown disease status. This vaccine is typically given at twelve and sixteen weeks of age for kittens. This vaccine is then given one year after the kitten series for all cats and then biannually thereafter for only those feline patients that will be at risk. If administered for the first time in an adult cat, there must be two vaccines given three to four weeks apart.

To learn more about these vaccines, and vaccinating your pet in general, look at some of the links below, provided by the AVMA: