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Pet Vaccinations: Promoting Health Through Disease Prevention

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Many of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper vaccinations. Let the knowledgeable staff at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital guide you through setting up a vaccination schedule for your dog or cat to keep him or her protected.

Yearly Dog Vaccinations

  • Bordetella—This vaccination protects against kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease.
  • Leptospirosis—This potentially fatal bacterial infection can spread to humans and can cause damage to your pet’s internal organs.
  • Lyme disease—This tick-borne disease has been on the rise in our area and recent estimates suggest that one in nine dogs are infected with Lyme disease. As with humans, Lyme disease can be very debilitating and have long-term effects with pets. In addition to the annual vaccination, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital recommends that pet owners maintain a tick preventive plan as well.
  • Canine influenza—Dog flu is a respiratory infection similar to human influenza but is not caused by the same virus. We recommend vaccinating your dog due to the outbreak of infection in Pennsylvania.

Every three years

  • Distemper combination—This vaccination protects against several different diseases that affect dogs, including canine distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and hepatitis.
  • Rabies—Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. It is typically spread through a bite wound and can jump across different species of animals including humans.

Yearly Cat Vaccinations

  • Feline leukemia—As one of the most common causes of diagnosed illness and death in domestic cats, this disease attacks the cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to infections and diseases.

Every three years

  • Feline distemper combination—This vaccination covers a number of different diseases including panleukopenia (feline distemper), rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus.
  • Rabies—Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. It is typically spread through a bite wound and can jump across different species of animals including humans.

Staying on a regular vaccination schedule can prolong your pet’s life by avoiding dangerous diseases. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here to help you protect your pet.

Puppy and Kitten Care: Starting Your Pet Off on the Right Paw

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians can help you start your new puppy or kitten off right.

First Vet Visit

Our vets recommend that you set up your pet’s first visit with us soon after adoption. It’s important to get your new pet set up with a good parasite and vaccination program as well as a thorough examination to assure your puppy or kitten is healthy and prepared to stay that way.

Vaccinations

Starting puppy and kitten vaccinations and keeping them on schedule is critical to protecting their fragile systems from the most common diseases.

Puppies

  • 6–8 weeks
    • Distemper combination—This vaccination protects against several different diseases that affect dogs, including canine distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and hepatitis.
    • Bordetella—This vaccination protects against kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease.
  • 10–12 weeks
    • Distemper booster—In order to build immunity, puppies receive another booster.
    • Bordetella booster—In order to build immunity, puppies receive another booster. They will receive this vaccination again at one year old.
    • Canine influenza—Dog flu is a respiratory infection similar to human influenza but is not caused by the same virus. We recommend vaccinating your dog due to the outbreak of infection in Pennsylvania.
  • After 12 weeks
    • Rabies—Rabies is typically spread through a bite wound and can jump across different species of animals including humans. The rabies vaccination will be administered again when your puppy is one year old. After that, it will be good for three years.
    • Lyme disease—This tick-borne disease has been on the rise in our area and recent estimates suggest that one in nine dogs are infected. In addition to the vaccination, Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital recommends that pet owners maintain a tick preventive plan.
    • Leptospirosis—This potentially fatal bacterial infection affects all of the dog’s body systems and can cause severe damage to internal organs.
  • 16–20 weeks
    • Distemper booster—One final puppy booster of the distemper combination is necessary to keep your puppy immune until he or she is one year old. The leptospirosis booster will be included in this version of the distemper combination.
    • Canine influenza booster—Puppies need a booster to build immunity against influenza. They will get this vaccination yearly after this booster.
    • Lyme disease booster—After this booster, your puppy will receive yearly Lyme vaccinations.

Kittens

  • 6–8 weeks
    • Feline distemper combination—This vaccination covers a number of different diseases, including panleukopenia (feline distemper), rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus.
  • 10–12 weeks
    • Distemper booster‐In order to build immunity, kittens need a booster of the distemper vaccination.
  • After 12 weeks
    • Rabies—Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. The rabies vaccination will be administered again when your kitten is one year old. After that time, it will be good for three years.
    • Feline leukemia—As one of the most common causes of diagnosed illness and death in domestic cats, this disease attacks the cat’s immune system making him or her more susceptible to infections and diseases.
  • 14–18 weeks
    • Distemper booster—One final distemper booster is needed to protect your kitten until one year of age.
    • Leukemia booster—One final booster is needed for the leukemia vaccination to keep your kitten protected until one year of age.

Parasite Screening

Puppies and kittens eat or sniff at many things that can carry the eggs for internal parasites. Checking yearly for intestinal worms and administering necessary treatments is an important means for assuring your puppy or kitten will be able to absorb nutrients and grow from the food you provide.

Spay/Neuter

Our vets recommend spaying or neutering at six months of age in order to both prevent unwanted pregnancies and to reduce the risk of other health problems.

At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, we will work with you to assure your pet’s health through their formative years and into adulthood.

We Our Clients

Love this place! Friendly staff, knowledgeable doctors, excellent care for your fur babies!
Lisa Meserole