Adult Wellness

Adult Dog and Cat Vaccination Schedule

Once your puppy or kitten has finished it's juvenile vaccination series, it will need to receive periodic boosters to maintain the protection against disease.  Most vaccinations require either a yearly booster or a 3 year booster, depending upon the age of the pet and the actual disease being vaccinated against.  Our hospital follows the current recommendations laid out at the 2010 WSAVA Congress.

1st Year After Finishing Puppy/Kitten Series -

     Dog - DAPP (has 3 year duration), Leptospirosis and Rabies vaccines, Bordetella vaccine if required for boarding

     Cat - FVRCP (has 3 year duration) and Rabies vaccines, Feline Leukemia vaccine if tested negative (Good for life)

     *(3 year Rabies vaccine may be administered if requested, but not recommended, especially for cats)

     *(Some boarding facilities require Bordetella vaccine to be administered every 6 months.)

2nd Year -

     Dog - Leptospirosis and Rabies vaccines, Bordetella vaccine if required for boarding

     Cat - Rabies vaccine only

3rd Year -

     Dog - Leptospirosis and Rabies vaccines, Bordetella vaccine if required for boarding

     Cat - Rabies vaccine only

4th Year -

     Dog - DAPP (3 year duration), Leptospirosis and Rabies vaccines, Bordetella vaccine if required for boarding

     Cat - FVRCP (3 year duration) and Rabies vaccines

Parasite Protection

Florida has one of the worst states for having parasite problems as the climate is just about ideal year round for parasites to thrive.  Our hospital highly recommends that every dog and cat be on heartworm prevention.  All heartworm preventions will control most of the common intestinal parasites and others will also have medications to control fleas.  Heartworm preventions are prescription medications so your pet must have a yearly physical exam in our office as well as a yearly heartworm test for dogs.  The heartworm test our office uses will also test your dog for Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, two other tick-borne diseases.  Cats are not required to be tested for heartworms to be placed on the preventatives for cats.  A fecal exam is not required during the yearly exam, but our clients are encouraged to bring a fresh sample with them for testing as roundworms and hookworms can also infect humans with young children being the most at risk.

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