Pet Vaccinations

Individualized Protection for Your Pet
When it comes to pet vaccines, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all protocol. As a matter of fact, a dog or cat could require different vaccinations based upon a number of factors, including: Where in the United States does the pet live, does the pet travel and, if so, where and how often, if the pet is a dog, does he or she go to the dog park, kennel, or groomer and or if the pet is a cat, does he or she go outdoors or live with another cat that does?

At Melrose Animal Clinic, we understand that you want your pet to be protected but not over-vaccinated. That’s why our veterinarians regularly review ongoing veterinary research and adjust our vaccination protocols accordingly.

We follow the vaccination guidelines of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. We will work with you to understand your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors and recommend only the pet vaccinations he or she needs.

Our veterinarians will build a vaccinations plan tailored to your pets individual needs. Vaccinations we recommend for kittens, adult cats, puppy’s and adult dogs include but are not limited to.

Kitten (Recommended Vaccinations)

  • HCP – This vaccination protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper).
  • Feline Leukemia vaccine – We recommend that all kittens receive this vaccination as a form of protection in case they accidentally get outdoors or it’s later decided that they will be indoor/outdoor cats.
  • Rabies vaccine – This vaccination is required by law.

Adult Cat (Recommended Vaccinations)

  • HCP – This vaccination protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper).
  • Rabies vaccine – This vaccination is required by law and is administered annually.
  • Feline Leukemia vaccine – If your cat goes outside or is exposed to another feline that does, then we recommend that he or she receive this vaccination each year.

Puppy (Recommended Vaccinations)

  • DA2PP – This vaccination protects against canine distemper, adenovirus 2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
  • Bordetella – This vaccination will help protect your puppy from the highly contagious bronchitis commonly known as kennel cough.
  • Leptospirosis vaccine – The bacteria that causes this disease is spread through the urine of infected animals, and is contagious to people as well.
  • Rabies vaccine – This vaccination is required by law.
  • Lyme vaccine – For dogs that will be exposed to ticks, and taken into areas where deer may have been present, we recommend vaccination against Lyme disease.

Adult Dog (Recommended Vaccinations)

  • DA2PP – It protects against canine distemper, adenovirus 2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
  • Rabies vaccine – This vaccination is required by law.
  • Bordetella, Lyme and Leptospirosis vaccines – Depending upon your dog’s lifestyle and risk factors, our veterinarians may recommend these vaccines.

To learn more about caring for your pets—canines, felines, young and old—follow the links below.