Pet Vaccinations: Promoting Health through Disease Prevention

Pet Vaccinations With The Staff at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital

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. Puppies and kittens have different vaccination needs—be sure to consult with our vets and check their recommendations on our puppies and kittens page of the website.

  • Dog Vaccinations
    Yearly
    • 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 Animal 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.
  • Cat Vaccinations
    Yearly
    • 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.