Pet Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Smyrna
Vaccines provide us with much-needed immunity from diseases when we are young, and they serve the same purpose for our pets. Like children, they are curious about their surroundings and are more likely to get into things they should not. That is why we do our best to keep the pets of Smyrna, Vinings, Marietta, and surrounding areas healthy by offering cat and dog vaccines to protect them from infectious diseases. Your pet’s well-being is our highest priority after all!
How Cat and Dog Vaccinations Work
Just as they do with people, cat and dog vaccines contain antigens and a killed or modified form of the virus against which it is designed to protect. When injected into the body, the antigens induce an immune response, along with the production of antibodies to fight off the virus. Later, should your pet ever come into contact with the real virus, their immune system will be well-equipped to recognize and fight off the intruder.
Cat and Dog Vaccines We Offer
There are generally two types of cat and dog vaccines: those we strongly recommend for all of our patients to keep them healthy, and those we administer based on the patient’s lifestyle/risk of exposure.
- Distemper-hepatitis-parainfluenza-parvovirus (DHPP)
- Feline distemper (FVRCP)
Based on Risk:
- Canine influenza
- Lyme vaccine
- Feline Leukemia
Choosing the Appropriate Vaccines for Your Pet
Puppies and kittens 6-8 weeks old usually receive a series of distemper vaccinations (4 given 3 weeks apart) until they reach at least 16 weeks old. Once the series is complete, both dogs and cats will be re-vaccinated every 1-3 years depending on risk. The rabies vaccine is given at approximately 16 weeks of age and can be given yearly.
Your veterinarian will want to talk with you about your pet’s life at home—their environment, socialization with other animals, frequency of travel, etc. We also take breed, size, and overall health history into consideration when selecting the vaccines they will need. Their vaccine protocol may also change over time, which is why it is important to touch base with us at least once a year. We want to keep your pet as healthy as possible, from one year to the next! Please call us at (770) 333-9030 or use our online form to book your cat or dog’s vaccinations.