Pet Vaccinations: A Vital Defense Against Disease
Vaccines are an effective and simple way to supplement your pet's health. Just as humans need extra immunity to protect against tetanus and hepatitis, our pets need protection from rabies, distemper, and other diseases. Since your pet can't live in a bubble, the best option for protecting them is to vaccinate. At Veterinary Healthcare Associates, keeping the pets of Winter Haven and other parts of Central Florida healthy is our foremost priority.
What Do We Offer?
Dogs and cats have their own specific vaccines. Our general practice offers core and non-core vaccines--in other words, highly-recommended vaccines, and lifestyle-based vaccines. These include:
- Rabies - core
- Distemper (DHPP) - core
- Canine influenza
- Rabies* - core
- Feline upper-respiratory (FVRCP) - core
*We recommend the 3-year rabies vaccine to prevent over-vaccination.
If necessary, we may consider vaccine titers for pets that cannot receive vaccinations. This could be due to an allergy or other condition that might make vaccinating your pet unsafe.
Why We Recommend Vaccines
Risk of infection determines your pet's vaccine schedule. Rabies and distemper have a high mortality rate, which is why we strongly recommend rabies and distemper vaccines for all cats and dogs. Furthermore, lifestyle factors unique to every pet help us determine what non-core vaccines they need. Lyme disease and leptospirosis are endemic in certain areas and if your pet lives in or travels to those areas, they should receive the Lyme and lepto vaccines.
Please contact us at (863) 324-3340 if you're unsure about what vaccines your pet will need for the year.