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Preventative Care
Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations will be recommended based on the risk assessment developed by you and the veterinarian at the time of visit.  Your pet will not be accounted for a batch, but instead we will be treating your pet as the individual that he/she is.

We believe in vaccinating when is exclusively necessary rather than administering every other vaccine that becomes available in the market.  In addition, we are very selective in the product that we will be offering to guarantee it's quality and safety to your pet.  

We work in a team with your family and our staff.  For this reason, It is extremely important that you keep us updated in the upcoming boarding, grooming, travel plans so that we can better tailor the vaccination plan for your pet.  It is highly recommended that arrangements to update the vaccines on your pet are made at least 2 weeks prior to boarding, grooming, or travel arrangements to guarantee the product will be effective before the upcoming event.

Canine Vaccines -- 

1) Distemper and Parvovirus Vaccines.  For your puppy we will be recommending at least 3 boosters 3-4 weeks part.  This is with the goal to develop the correct immunity/defense against these two deadly viruses.  Once your pup, is a teen going into adulthood we'll be spacing it out to 1 yr then every 3 years.  For adults, we also recommend to consider checking titers to minimize the amount of vaccines your puppy gets.

2) Leptospirosis Vaccine.  This is not considered a core vaccine.  However,  this bacteria has been reported multiple times in our area and we consider that all dogs are at risk of getting this disease.  This disease can cause severe irreversible damage to the liver and kidneys and in some cases be fatal.  In addition, the disease is zoonotic, meaning that people can the disease as well specially if your pet is infected. For this reason, we consider very important to protect your pet and your family by vaccinating your pet.  There are several serovars (types) that can cause this disease, but only 4 serovars (types) available to vaccinate.  We offer the 4-way vaccine to provide the maximum efficacy for your pet and your family.  This vaccine needs two boosters if your pet has never received it and is effective for 12 consecutive months.

3) Rabies Vaccine.  This is a required vaccine do to the risks to pets and people.  We offer only the Imrab 3 TF, a Thimerosal Free vaccine that can be administered to cats, dogs, and ferrets safely.  For dogs and cats we offer the vaccine every 1 yr or 3 yrs depending on the city where you live.  For ferrets we offer the vaccine once a year.

4) Canine Adenovirus Type 2 Vaccine.  This vaccine protects your pet against  infectious tracheobronchitis (part of the commonly known Kennel Cough) and cross protects against  canine infectious hepatitis.  We offer this vaccine in combination to our bordetella and parainfluenza vaccine.  We highly recommend the vaccine every 6-12 months depending on your pet's risks.

5) Canine Parainfluenza Vaccine.  This vaccine provides protection against a highly contagious respiratory virus.  This virus makes part of the complex that causes infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough.  We recommend this vaccine every 6-12 months depending on your pet's risks.

6) Bordetella Bronchiseptica Vaccine.  This vaccine protects your pet against this highly contagious bacteria that can affect dogs and cats causing tracheitis and bronchitis, also known as Kennel Cough.  We recommend this vaccine every 6-12 months depending on your pet's risks.

7) Canine Influenza.  There are two strains of the dog flu, canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N8 and canine influenza virus H3N2.  Dogs that are at an increased risk (e.g. by going to dog shows, dog grooming parlors, large boarding facilities) should get this vaccine.  Primary immunization requires two vaccinations that are administered 2-4 weeks apart.  Please allow two weeks after the last vaccination before your dog engages in social activities. NOTE it takes at least 2 weeks after both boosters are given to be protected.  Vaccine is then recommended once a year based on exposure or risk. 

Feline Vaccines --

We have decided to provide high quality vaccines, some combo vaccines, and single vaccines based on what is commonly seen in the Tarrant County.

1) Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci Vaccine. This is a combo vaccine providing protection against all of the mentioned viruses as well as the bacteria that causes  feline Chlamydophila, all in one vaccine.  We offer a vaccine with a non-adjuvanted formula to be safer for your pet.  We recommend this vaccine every 1-3 yrs depending on your pet's risks.

2) Feline Leukemia Vaccine.  This vaccine provide protection against the Feline Leukemia virus.  We offer the PureVax Recombinant Vaccine, non-adjuvanted, made by Merial for major protection and less side effects to your pet.  We recommend this vaccine every 1-3 yrs depending on your pet's risks.

3) Rabies Vaccine.  This is a required vaccine do to the risks to pets and people.  For our cats, we are currently offering the PureVax vaccine that uses the Recombinant technology avoiding the need for adjuvants and minimizing the side effects seen post vaccination. We offer PureVax Rabies vaccine every 3 years for patients that qualify depending on the city requirements where you live.

What Should You Expect after a Vaccine?

Some pets may have a mild local reaction at the site of administration with mild swelling, pain, irritation.  This is usually a transient reaction that may last from 12-24 hours for most vaccines.

Some reports suggest that in cats, the administration of certain veterinary biologicals may induce the development of injection site fibrosarcomas.  For this reason, we vaccinate exclusively based on your pet's risk assessment and lifestyle and we use vaccines that are non-adjuvanted to lessen the risks associated with this concern.

Very rarely we see vaccine reactions that may have a system effect (all body).  Some pets may have lethargy, fever, and inflammatory or hypersensitivity types of reactions.  Some pets may develop swelling of the face -around the eyes and nose, papules over the body with or without itching, and some may have vomiting and diarrhea.  These symptoms or side effects are observed within the first 6-24 hours after the vaccines have been administered.  If any of these are observed on your pet, please seek immediate assistance for appropriate treatment and recommendations.  Some treatments may consist of antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, and/or epinephrine.


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