Pet Vaccinations in Durham
As more pet owners move toward holistic care, it's important to remember that vaccines are critical to maintaining the health of your pet. From rabies to Feline Leukemia, our veterinary team at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham will prevent illnesses that are lethal to your dog or cat.
Why Are Vaccines Important?
Not only are they required by state law, but vaccines also help give your pet the protection they need to live a long and healthy life. Vaccines encourage the immune system to recognize various pathogens, allowing the animal to create antibodies to help attack the virus or bacteria later on in life. Doing this allows your pet to fight off infection and disease, without the risk of losing their life.
When Should I Vaccinate?
Vaccination schedules are generally state-dependent, and we can help you with your pet’s vaccination schedule. In North Carolina, all pets are required to get a rabies vaccination by four months of age and again one year later while maintaining booster shots throughout their lifetime. Puppies are given various vaccines at the beginning stages of their life and by 12-16 months they should have received all required vaccinations. After that, they receive DHPP every one to two years and the rabies vaccine every one to three years.
The Vaccines We Offer
Our Durham veterinary clinic offers all of the vaccines required for your pet. These include Bordetella (kennel cough), FVRCP, H3N2, Feline Leukemia, as well as rabies and DHPP.
- Rabies Vaccine: Rabies is a fatal disease caused by the rabies virus. There is no treatment for rabies in animals, aside from euthanasia or quarantine. Rabies vaccinations are mandated by law and critical to the health and safety of your pet.
- Bordetella: The bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica is the culprit for causing kennel cough. Kennel cough is highly contagious and can cause respiratory distress in your animal. Most boarding facilities require this vaccine.
- FVRCP: This vaccine protects your animal against calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and panleukopenia. These illnesses are potentially lethal and are spread through the air.
- H3N2: Canine Influenza, formally called H3N2, can cause the same symptoms of the flu that humans experience. While it is not deadly, it can lead to secondary infections such as pneumonia.
- Feline Leukemia Shots: This fatal virus is one of the leading causes of cancer in cats. Like rabies, there is no treatment for Feline Leukemia making prevention the number one key in avoiding this disease.
Vaccines With Our Durham Veterinary Clinic
Prevent lethal or debilitating illnesses by keeping your pet up to date on their vaccinations. With a combined 53 years of experience, our veterinary team at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham has the experience needed to keep your pet healthy and free from disease. Call us today at (919) 490-2000 to set up an appointment for your pet's initial vaccines or booster shots.