Pet Vaccinations

At Creekside Pet Care Center, we love taking care of our furry patients whenever they are sick, and we do all we can to foster a speedy recovery. Having your pet vaccinated regularly is an easy way to prevent many common dog and cat illnesses and keep your pet healthy year-round. Pet vaccinations are species specific, as there are a wide variety of diseases that can affect cats and dogs differently. Creekside’s cat vaccinations protect our feline friends from several viruses and diseases that can wreak havoc on their gastrointestinal, respiratory and immune systems. Our dog vaccinations guard our canine buddies from diseases that can have adverse effects on their respiratory, immune and excretory systems.

For adult pets, we recommend vaccine appointments every

six months.

Depending on your pet’s age and vaccination history, your veterinarian might recommend a custom vaccination plan.

It is crucial for all dogs and cats to receive the recommended pet vaccinations for their species. Even pets that remain indoors most, if not all, of the time can still catch airborne viruses through an open window or door or from the outside environment when they go to the bathroom. Some viruses can even be carried in on clothing or other items people bring into the home. Pet viruses are often spread among animals through direct contact with infected animals that are wild or whose owners did not keep their pet vaccinations up to date. We cannot stress enough how important it is to immunize your pets because the alternative can be fatal. Be sure to keep your cat current with the latest cat vaccinations and your pooch up to date with the necessary dog vaccinations.

At Creekside Pet Care Center, we offer multiple cat and dog vaccinations; we will advise you about which vaccines are right for your pet depending on their lifestyle, rather than use a one-size-fits-all approach. We administer all pet vaccinations with the most state-of-the-art vaccine technology and methods available today. Below is a list of the various pet vaccinations we offer, separated by species.

Dog Vaccinations

One of the easiest and most helpful precautions you can take for your dog’s health is to ensure he or she is up to date with the latest dog vaccinations. There are many illnesses dogs can develop that can malevolently affect various canine body systems and processes. Some are even zoonotic, meaning they can affect human health as well. At Creekside Pet Care Center, we offer four dog vaccines that, in conjunction with routine heartworm testing and prevention, are sure to allow your dog to enjoy a long, healthy and vibrant life. Read more about each of our dog vaccinations below.

The DAPP dog vaccine provides protection against canine distemper, adenovirus, para-influenza and parvo. This immunization should be given to puppies at six to eight weeks old. To eliminate the possibility of maternal antibody competition, we recommend continuing the DAPP vaccination every three to four weeks until your pup has reached 16 weeks of age. We administer this dog vaccine one year after the last puppy shot is given and once every three years afterward.

Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a very common and contagious illness that affects the canine respiratory system. The bordetella dog vaccine is administered intranasally during the first puppy visit. An injectable vaccine is given three to four weeks after the intranasal dose, and then the vaccinations rotate between intranasal and injectable doses.

Leptospirosis, also known as lepto, is a bacterial disease that can affect both humans and pets. It occurs all over the world and leads to liver and kidney damage as well as death if left untreated. Humans and pets can get this bacterial infection by coming into contact with infected wild animals (e.g., opossums, skunks, raccoons and rodents), lepto-infested water or infected urine. Since this disease can harm animals and humans, we encourage dogs to receive this immunization via two initial doses three weeks apart, and then on a yearly basis.

It is by law that all domesticated dogs must be vaccinated against rabies when they receive their initial shots as puppies at or after 12 weeks of age. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs and humans. Therefore, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. An adult booster shot is given a year later and administered every three years afterward.

Heartworm disease is a serious condition that affects thousands of pets every year. Heartworms are parasitic roundworms that reside in the arteries, lungs and hearts of dogs, cats and other animals. Once an animal is infected, it is essential to seek treatment, or else its life will be cut short. For dogs, treatment is possible, but it is prudent to focus on preventing the virus from the start. At Creekside, we recommend having your dog tested for heartworms every year and maintain a monthly heartworm prevention regimen due to the fact that this part of Texas is an endemic area for heartworms.

Cat Vaccinations

In addition to providing your cat with food, water and affection, it is important to make sure your feline companion is up to date with all the current cat vaccinations to ensure a long and happy life. There are many life-threatening diseases cats are susceptible to, and it is very easy to prevent exposure to these with the appropriate cat vaccines. At Creekside Pet Care Center, we offer multiple cat vaccinations that, with the help of regular heartworm testing and prevention, will ensure your cat’s nine lives are as long, healthy and active as possible. Read more about the specific cat vaccines we offer at Creekside below.

Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats and humans. This being the case, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. At Creekside, kittens receive this cat vaccine one time after they reach 12 weeks of age. Following the initial vaccine, adult pets receive the Purevax® form of this cat vaccination yearly for the most advanced safety and protection.

Creekside’s FVRCP cat vaccine is our “feline distemper” vaccination that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia. These diseases are highly contagious among cats and can have devastating effects on their respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Our feline patients should receive this cat shot when they are kittens, starting at six weeks of age. This cat vaccination should be given every three weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old, as it will confidently ensure there is not any maternal antibody competition. Once the initial immunizations have been administered, we administer this cat vaccine one year after the last kitten shot is given and once every three years afterward.

FeLV (i.e., feline leukemia virus) is a deadly viral disease that wreaks havoc on affected cats’ immune systems and can lead to an array of cancerous conditions including leukemia. Because symptoms can remain hidden for months or even years in affected cats, many owners don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late and other cats in the household have already been exposed to the disease. For the best protection, our feline friends should start receiving this cat vaccination beginning at nine weeks of age. After the second set of immunizations is given, a booster is administered one year later, and then every three years afterward.

Heartworm disease is a very serious and widespread condition that poses a danger to all cats, regardless of their lifestyles and living conditions. While many people are under the assumption that indoor cats are not at risk for heartworms, a study recently showed that a quarter of all heartworm-positive cats in Texas are actually indoor cats. Therefore, we strongly encourage monthly heartworm preventative for all cats. Heartworms are a type of parasitic roundworm that live in the arteries, lungs and hearts of cats, dogs and other animals. Once a cat is infected, there is no known treatment, so it is of the utmost importance to put your cat on a monthly heartworm prevention regimen via a take-home prescription for a topical medication. It’s very easy to apply a few drops of this mediation on the back of the pet’s neck once per month—no pills!

CREEKSIDE’S SCHEDULE FOR DOG VACCINATIONS

We recommend all puppies start visiting Creekside Pet Care Center once they turn six weeks old and continue to do so every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. These visits enable us to ensure your canine friend is fully protected from disease. At Creekside, puppies receive vaccine boosters every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, then annually. Once they reach maturity, they will be the vaccine schedule below:

  • Bordetella vaccine – Every six months
  • Leptospirosis vaccine – Annually
  • DAPP – (Canine Distemper) – Every 3 years
  • Rabies – Every 3 years

If your fur-baby is not up to date on his or her dog vaccines and heartworm prevention, call 1-800-My-Pet-Care or book an appointment online today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our dog vaccination protocol and preventative care.

CREEKSIDE’S SCHEDULE FOR CAT VACCINATIONS

Creekside’s veterinarians recommend all kittens begin visiting our facility once they turn six weeks old and continue to do so every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. These visits help us fully protect your cat from various species-specific diseases. At Creekside Pet Care Center, all kittens receive vaccine boosters every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, then annually. Once they reach maturity, they will be on the vaccination schedule below:

  • Rabies – Annually
  • FVRCP (Feline Distemper) – Every 3 years
  • Feline Leukemia – Every 3 years for adult cats who are at risk. Indoor/outdoor cats are at greater risk, as are cats who are exposed to another cat in the house that is an indoor/outdoor cat.

If your feline is not up to date on his or her cat vaccinations and heartworm preventatives, call 1-800-My-Pet-Care or book an appointment online today. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Creekside’s cat vaccination protocol and preventative care.

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