Dog and Cat Vaccinations

Is your dog or cat in need of vaccinations? At Grand Central Veterinary Hospital in Saint Petersburg, FL, we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s’ health is vaccinating your dog or cat against possible diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets so proper vaccination is vital to protecting them from many types of illnesses. To protect your pet from contagious diseases, keep essential vaccinations up-to-date.

Boarding kennels, dog parks and grooming salons are all areas where your pet is likely to be exposed to contagious diseases. It is also important to keep in mind that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective. Keep your dog and cat vaccinations up to date to protect the furry family member no matter where life take them.

It is important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet. Below we have provided some information to help inform you on what is available for your dog or cat vaccination choices.

Please call 1-727-895-8387 today if you have any questions or concerns about your pets’ vaccination.

Vaccinations for your K9 family member may include but are not limited to…

– Rabies
– Distemper
– Hepatitis
– Parvovirus
– Parainfluenza
– Leptospirosis
– Lyme Disease
– Bordetella
– Corona virus

After the initial puppy stage vaccinations (three to four set of vaccinations starting at 8 weeks of age and ending at 16 weeks, spaced every 3 to 4 weeks), the adult dogs are vaccinated at one year old then every 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccination. Some vaccines are labeled good for one year and need a booster yearly while others are labeled good for 3 years thus do not need a booster for 3 years. Dr. Antz-Hanson and her staff will recommend the best options for your K9’s individual needs. Their suggestions are based upon the lifestyle of your pet, the best available science and years of experience keeping dogs healthy and happy.

Our vaccines are produced from the most current science and of the available quality, chosen specifically for their effectiveness. Those “low cost” alternatives sometimes are the vaccines that are not current with scientific advancements in low adjuvant vaccines, thus sometimes tend to cause more vaccine reactions. Why chance your dogs’ health with anything else but the most effective option based on current scientific advancements.

Be aware that rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in the State of Florida. Dogs should be vaccinated every 1 to 3 years. Our Doctor and staff will provide you, and the local animal control authority, a certificate of rabies vaccination.

For your “purr-fect” feline family member GCVH recommends the following vaccinations…

– Rabies, Purvax brand, (no adjuvant)
– (FVRCP) Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia
– (FeLV) Feline Leukemia Virus

Vaccinating your cat is important even if he/she is kept mostly indoors. Many contagious diseases are airborne, and your pet could easily be exposed through an open window. Scientific research has proven that even if you plan your pet to stay indoors (which we do for many reasons) it is best to vaccinate a cat for FeLV while it is a kitten. If it never goes outside or never has contact with a screen porch, then yearly boosters are not needed after the initial kitten series. If your cat does get out at times, then yearly FeLV boosters are recommended. There is always a risk that your pet could accidentally slip out the door. Another possibility is that something can enter the home on your shoes or clothing. Why risk your feline’s health when peace of mind is only a veterinary visit away?

Dr. Antz-Hanson and staff are here to answer your questions about vaccinations and how best to administer them. Our vaccines are of the highest available quality and chosen specifically for their effectiveness and most recent scientific advancement.

Rabies vaccination of cats is required by law in the State of Florida. Cats should be vaccinated for rabies annually after the initial treatment, or as recommended. The veterinarian will provide you, and the local animal control authority, a certificate of rabies vaccination.

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