Protecting your pets from preventable diseases can be as easy as making a vaccination appointment at Taconic Veterinary Center. During your annual wellness exam, we can provide the necessary core vaccines as well as create a vaccine plan tailored to your lifestyle.
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Tailoring Your Pet's Vaccines to Their Unique Needs
At Taconic Veterinary Center, we recommend various core vaccines to keep dogs and cats healthy. However, before we administer any vaccinations to your pet, we first need to understand their health history, lifestyle, and other factors. With your help, we can create a customized vaccination plan specifically for them. Vaccines are essential to reducing or even preventing the spread of harmful diseases among pets and even humans in some cases. But not all pets need every vaccine we offer. Your veterinarian will work with you to decide which vaccines are most essential for your pet.
Cat and Dog Vaccinations We Offer
At Taconic Veterinary Center in Cortlandt Manor, we offer dog and cat vaccinations that we may recommend your pet receive based on their lifestyle and specific needs. We typically recommend bringing your pet in for a vaccination appointment every six months, but the schedule may vary, depending on your pet’s age and vaccination history.
Below are the vaccines we offer:
This vaccine protects dogs from canine distemper, adenovirus, para-influenza, and parvo. We recommend the first dose of DAPP be given to puppies between six to eight weeks old and then every three to four weeks until your dog is 16 weeks old. This is to reduce the chance of maternal antibody competition. Once the final puppy shot is administered, we will provide this vaccine one year later and every three years after that.
Bordetella, commonly known as kennel cough, affects a dog’s respiratory system and is highly contagious. We will administer this vaccine through your puppy’s nose at their first visit with us. Then, we will give a second injectable dose three to four weeks later. Every subsequent booster shot will switch between an intranasal and injectable dose.
Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, is especially dangerous as it can affect both pets and humans. Pets and humans can become infected through exposure to an infected animal (especially their urine), contaminated water, and damp soil. It can lead to liver and kidney damage or become fatal if prompt treatment is not administered. We highly recommend pets receive the first two doses three weeks apart and then once a year after that.
All pets must receive a rabies vaccination by law as it is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs and humans. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies when they receive their initial round of puppy shots at or after 12 weeks of age. Booster shots will be administered a year after and then once every three years following.
Also known as “dog flu,” canine influenza is a disease caused by the H3N8 and H3N2 viruses. When an infected dog sneezes or coughs, they can contaminate surrounding surfaces and easily spread infection to other dogs. If a human comes into contact with a contaminated surface, they can also spread the virus to another dog.
Symptoms of canine influenza include coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, fever, or even pneumonia (in severe cases).
A puppy or adult dog that has not received the canine influenza vaccine will get two doses about three weeks apart, and one dose per year after that.
The rabies vaccine is required for all pets as it is a fatal virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats and humans. We will administer your cat’s initial shot once they are 12 weeks old. Adult cats will be given the Purevax® form of the vaccine to ensure proper protection.
This vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia, which are highly contagious and very dangerous to a cat’s respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. We recommend cats receive this vaccine at six to eight weeks of age and then every three weeks until 16 weeks of age. This will help to decrease the chance of maternal antibody competition. We will then administer the shot one year after the last kitten shot and once every three years after.
Feline leukemia virus affects a cat’s immune system and can potentially lead to cancerous conditions which may be fatal. It is important for cats to receive this vaccine when they are nine weeks of age to provide maximum protection. Once the second set of shots are administered, a booster shot will be provided one year later and then once every three years after.