Pets are a part of your family. At Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center in Laguna Niguel, CA, we have a family-friendly environment that eases the stress of visiting a veterinarian for you and your pet. As we grow to know your pet, we will discuss all possible measures to ensure your pet has a long and healthy life. Making sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations is one of the best ways to protect against disease.
All pets should receive what veterinarians call core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given based upon your pet's lifestyle. Pets that are around other animals may require additional immunization to protect against highly contagious diseases such as Bordetella or Influenza.
The following core immunizations are recommended:
- Canine Hepatitis.
DHPP is a combination vaccine that includes protection against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza and is first given between 10 and 12 weeks.
Non-core vaccines include:
- Lyme Disease.
- Canine Influenza.
Be sure to tell us about your pet. Does he visit a groomer or daycare? Does she spend time in the mountains or outdoors? Your pet's lifestyle determines whether non-core vaccinations are needed.
The suggested schedule for canine vaccinations is:
- 6 to 8 weeks. Distemper and parvovirus.
- 10 to 12 weeks. DHPP.
- 16 to 18 weeks. Rabies, DHPP
- 12 months. DHPP, rabies
- At three-year intervals. DHPP and rabies.
After a puppy's first year, annual boosters are required for all non-core vaccines.
We recommend the following core vaccinations:
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV).
FVRCP is a combination vaccine that protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia or feline distemper. FVRCP-C also protects against Chlamydia.
Non-core vaccinations include:
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).
Be sure to tell us about your cat's lifestyle so we can determine if non-core immunization is necessary.
Feline core immunizations should be given according to the following schedule:
- 6 to 8 weeks. FVRCP and FeLV
- 10 to 12 weeks. FVRCP and FeLV
- 16 to 18 weeks. FVRCP, Rabies, and FeLV
- 12 months. FVRCP, Rabies, and FeLV
- Every year. FeLV
- At three-year intervals. FVRCP.
Non-core vaccinations must be given every year.
At Alicia Pacific Veterinary Clinic, we conduct annual fecal exams to protect against intestinal parasites. These parasites or worms infect animals of all ages, but puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable. Parasitic diseases are spread when a pet ingests contaminated feces or drinks contaminated water. The more common parasites include roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Routine fecal testing is essential to parasite prevention because your pet may be infected but seem perfectly healthy.
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If you live in Laguna Niguel or the surrounding area, contact Alicia Pacific Veterinary Clinic to schedule an appointment. Your pet's health depends on it.