Our Vaccine Policy
In the late 1990's, we adopted a vaccine policy that recommends vaccinating adult dogs and cats with core vaccines every three years or as required by law. The core vaccines for dogs are the Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus vaccines. For cats, it's the Rabies, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia vaccines.
We believe that this vaccine policy fully protects your pets from these diseases and is safer for your pets since there is less chance for vaccine reactions. Please remember that, while it is rare, not all pets respond well to vaccines. For this reason, there are times when we avoid vaccinating your pet, including pets that are sick or stressed, pregnant pets, and pets that are in heat.
Current research has supported the use of vaccines every three years. Our experience supports it as well. In more than 120 years of veterinary experience around the bayous of Louisiana, the mountains of Appalachia and the areas around Los Alamos, the vast majority of cases of preventable diseases that we’ve seen were in young, unvaccinated dogs and cats.
Is there any way to measure if my pet is protected?
If you are concerned about the level of protection your pet has, tests that measure the level of antibodies in your pet's blood are available. These levels can give us an indication of the level of protection your pet currently has.
What about other vaccines?
Vaccines for diseases such as Leukemia Virus and Immunodeficiency Virus in cats or Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Influenza and Lyme diseases in dogs are given as needed, depending on your pet's risk of exposure to the disease. We also offer the canine rattlesnake vaccine and the canine influenza vaccine.