Pet Vaccinations from Watertown Animal Hospital
Your local veterinarians at Watertown Animal Hospital have developed a vaccine protocol carefully designed to provide the best possible health protection for your pet. Using the information you offer about your pet's lifestyle, our vets may adjust the vaccine protocol to suit the unique needs of your specific animal companion.
Required Vaccinations for Dogs in Connecticut
- Rabies - Connecticut state law requires rabies vaccination for your dog. The initial vaccine may be given any time after 12 weeks of age. Rabies booster shots are repeated at one year of age and every three years thereafter. Bite wounds or a wound of unknown origin may require an additional rabies booster.
- DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvo virus) - Considered an essential or core vaccine, this series may begin as early as 8 weeks of age. Depending on the animal's age when the vaccine series is begun, either two or three vaccines will be necessary to provide complete protection.
Other important pet vaccines: Your local veterinarians at Watertown Animal Hospital strongly suggest that you consider the following vaccinations for your dog:
- Lyme disease - Everyday, our veterinarian near Watertown CT sees dogs infected with the Lyme bacteria. The preventative Lyme vaccine can decrease the risk of your dog becoming infected with this tick-borne disease.
- Leptospirosis - A serious bacterial infection that damages the kidneys and/or liver in dogs, this infection can lead to rapid death. Your dog is at risk if he or she is exposed to water contaminated by wildlife urine. This could happen even in your own backyard. The vaccine will minimize the risk of infection.
- Bordetella or "Kennel Cough" vaccines - Bordetella is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection resulting in a persistent cough. If your pet is going to a boarding or grooming facility, check first if the business requires prior Bordetella vaccination.
- Canine influenza vaccines - A new, more aggressive canine flu strain has emerged. At Watertown Animal Hospital, we now offer a vaccine protecting against old and new strains.
Vaccinations for Cats from Our Veterinarian near Watertown CT
- Rabies - Rabies vaccines for cats are also required by Connecticut state law. The initial vaccine may be given any time after 12 weeks of age. Thereafter, one-year and three-year rabies vaccines exist for cats.
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia) - This combination vaccine protects against two of the more serious upper respiratory viral infections and deadly feline distemper. At Watertown Animal Hospital, we recommend a series of FVRCP vaccines beginning any time after 8 weeks of age. FVRCP vaccines should be given one year after the initial injection and every three years thereafter.
- FeLV or feline leukemia virus - Feline leukemia is a serious, often fatal, viral disease contracted through fighting or closes contact between cats. The doctors at Watertown Animal Hospital recommend this vaccine unless you are absolutely certain that your cat will be indoors ONLY. This vaccine can be started as early as 8 weeks of age. The initial series of two vaccines is followed by yearly boosters.
Get Your Required and Recommended Pet Vaccinations from Your Veterinarian at Watertown Animal Hospital!
Don't let your pet get behind on his or her crucial vaccinations. Contact your veterinarian at Watertown Animal Hospital, PC with any pet vaccination questions, or to schedule an appointment for shots and a wellness checkup. Contact our friendly Watertown vets at 860-274-2212 today.