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Veterinarians in Fort Lauderdale Oakland Park Urge Current Pet Vaccinations

Pet vaccinations can help protect your cat or dog from some very painful and deadly diseases. Please talk with our veterinarians in Oakland Park about your pet’s vaccination schedule. There are two general types of pet vaccines: core or non-core. Core pet vaccines are considered critical for protecting all pets in our area. Non-core vaccinations may or may not be necessary, depending upon how his or her lifestyle factors impact the risk of your pet coming into contact with one of these diseases.

Core Dog Vaccinations

Not only is rabies considered an essential core vaccine, it is also required by law. When your dog receives a rabies vaccine, we provide a health certificate and a tag that your dog must wear to show he or she has been vaccinated. Puppies should have their first rabies vaccines at 16 weeks, with a follow-up booster 12 months later. After that, rabies boosters must be given every 3 years for the life of your dog.

Puppies should be given the combination parvo-distemper and adenovirus vaccine starting around 8 weeks with follow-up shots every 3-4 weeks until 20 weeks. Your dog will need annual boosters to maintain immunity.

Non-Core Dog Vaccinations

The following lifestyle considerations may mean your dog might run a higher risk for other diseases not as common amongst the general dog population, therefore making some non-core vaccines a potentially good idea:

  • Frequent travel or boarding
  • Dog park visits
  • Camping, fishing or hunting
  • Swimming in lakes, rivers or at the beach
  • Health conditions that affect the immune system

Please discuss your pet’s lifestyle factors and health conditions with our veterinarians in Oakland Park so we can be sure your dog has the right level of protection. For instance, dogs that have an active social life may well benefit from a bi-annual Bordetella shot, or a parainfluenza vaccine. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, vaccinations against Lyme disease and Leptospirosis may be in order.

Core Cat Vaccinations

Oakland Park Animal Hospital VaccinationsBy law, cats are required to have a rabies vaccination at 16 weeks with annual boosters for life. We provide a tag and paperwork to prove your cat has had this shot.

Also on the core cat vaccination list are feline herpes, distemper and calicivirus. These vaccinations should start when kittens are about 8 weeks old and be re-administered every 3-4 weeks until about 20 weeks. After this first essential round of vaccines, your cat will need yearly booster shots.

Non-Core Cat Vaccinations

Please discuss your cat’s lifestyle with our veterinarians in Oakland Park to determine if he or she may benefit from any non-core vaccines. Some factors include:
  • Indoor or outdoor cat
  • Active social life with other cats or dogs
  • Frequent travel or kenneling
  • Other health concerns

Shots protecting against Bordetella (“kennel cough”) and Feline Leukemia (which causes cancer in cats) may be wise if your cat spends time around other pets.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call us at 954-644-7281.


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