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New Hope Animal Hospital provides Chapel Hill and Durham pet vaccinations which includes rabies shots and several other types of vaccines, depending on your pet’s lifestyle. Before the rabies vaccine, hundreds of people and thousands of domestic animals died annually after contracting rabies from animal bites. Rabies lives on in the wild animal population, and one or two people and a few non-vaccinated pets die from it every year after wild animal bites—so vaccines are still critical. These vaccinations not only help your pet build immunity to several nasty, painful, yet preventable diseases—they can protect your human family members too.
At New Hope Animal Hospital, we vaccinate pets by injecting a small dose of serum underneath your pet’s skin. The serum contains dead or inactive bits of a virus or bacteria. Your pet’s body reacts to the vaccine by producing antibodies specifically designed to combat that disease, which makes your pet effectively immune to it. Our veterinary clinic provides puppies and kittens with a set of essential disease-fighting pet vaccinations in Durham and Chapel Hill over the first year of their lives. This helps their bodies build up immunity to several highly-contagious, but preventable diseases (some of which can spread to people). After that, booster shots are necessary every year or every few years (depending on the type of vaccine) to maintain a good level of immunity.
During your puppy or kitten’s first appointment at our veterinary hospital, our veterinarian will discuss and plan a vaccination schedule with you. This is a standard part of pet preventative care and responsible pet ownership. Naturally, all dogs and cats must receive regular rabies vaccinations, but we also provide several other kinds of shots, some of which depend on your pet’s individual needs and their environment.
The general schedule for puppy vaccinations in our veterinary clinic includes rabies and DHPP vaccinations (against distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza and hepatitis) administered at 3 to 4 week intervals until at least 16 weeks of age. Dogs who travel frequently, or who stay with us in our pet boarding facilities should also receive a “kennel cough” (bordetella) shot annually. We sometimes also recommend leptospirosis shots. This flu-like virus can jump from pets to people and can lead to complications like meningitis, heart, lung, kidney and liver damage.
Kittens receive rabies shots and a round of FVRCP shots (against feline viral rhinotracheaitis, calicivirus and feline distemper) every few weeks between the ages of 6-16 weeks. Our veterinarian may recommend feline leukemia shots, depending on your cat’s lifestyle and environment.
Ensuring that your pet has his or her vaccinations is far less painful and expensive than treating the disease. If your pet contracts a disease for which there was a vaccine, and then passes it on to you or someone else in your family, the results could be tragic.
Call our veterinary hospital in Durham at (919) 490-2000 for an appointment today!
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