Personalized Protection With Cat & Dog Vaccinations
When it comes to cat and dog vaccinations, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all protocol. We understand that there are a number of factors that affect your pet's level of risk to certain diseases. At Melrose Animal Clinic, we want your pet fully protected without being over-vaccinated. Our veterinarians regularly review ongoing research, as well as your pet’s changing lifestyle, and adjust their vaccine protocol accordingly.
“Dr. Low is a wonderful Vet. Takes the time to answer all my questions and is always very thorough in her examination of my dogs. I highly recommend her. The technicians are always friendly and helpful too.”
- Lauren R.
Guided by the experts
To avoid over-vaccination, we follow the guidelines set by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Additionally, we take your pet’s unique needs into account and consider several lifestyle factors including:
- Where and how often your pet travels
- If you take your dog to the dog park, kennels, or groomers
- Whether your cat goes outdoors or lives with another cat that does
Vaccines We Recommend
Your pet’s health and well-being always come first. The cat and dog vaccinations we recommend for them are what they need to live a long and healthy life. Many of the boosters they'll need throughout their lives also correspond to the timing for preventive care services such as disease and parasite screening tests. If you have any questions or concerns about our vaccines, we’re always happy to talk to you about it!
The vaccines we may recommend include:
protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper)
required by law
recommended for all kittens as a form of protection in case they accidentally get outdoors or you later decide that they will be indoor/outdoor cats.
Adult Cat Vaccinations
your cat will need boosters every three years after their initial series as a kitten
required by law; annual boosters after the initial kitten series
annual booster for cats who venture outdoors, or are in contact with another cat who does
protects against distemper, adenovirus 2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza
required by law
protects against this zoonotic bacterial infection
protects against “kennel cough,” a contagious bronchitis
recommended if there's a high risk of encountering ticks
recommended for all puppies due to the highly contagious nature of this viral disease
Adult Dog Vaccinations
your dog will need boosters every three years after the initial series as a puppy
required by law; triennial boosters
Leptospirosis and Lyme
we may recommend one or all of these based on your dog’s lifestyle and risk factors
Canine Flu and Bordetella
many boarding facilities and groomers require these vaccines, and a social lifestyle puts your pet at risk, too