Pet Vaccinations in Winter Garden, FL
Dogs and cats are fantastic pets that are great for keeping families on their toes. But to make sure your new pet stays with your family for many years to come, you need to use preventative care to ensure their success. Preventative veterinary care, such as having your dog or cat vaccinated, is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your cat enjoys a long and healthy life. Our veterinary care team at Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital is here to help with your pet’s vaccinations. If you live in Winter Garden, Clermont, Windermere, or the surrounding areas, contact our veterinarian to schedule your pet’s vaccinations.
It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s the Law
The most important thing for pet owners to know is that the government mandates that all pet cats and dogs must be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations and that they have timely boosters. The rabies vaccine is very important for two reasons. First, humans can contract rabies if they are bitten by an animal infected by the virus. Unfortunately, all cats and dogs can become infected by rabies by other mammals, such as an infected raccoon.
The second thing to keep in mind both for humans and pets, there is no effective treatment for rabies past a certain point, and once infected most have tragically passed away from the painful symptoms. Thus, for your pet's safety, your family's safety, and the community's safety, it is important to have your dog or cat vaccinated as soon as possible.
Other Key Vaccinations
Rabies is the most important vaccination we offer to our community members in Winter Garden, Clermont, and Windermere. However, the rabies vaccine is not the only one our veterinarian recommends. Other key vaccinations for pets include:
- FVRCP: Also known as the distemper vaccine, this is a specialized and safe combination vaccine that will help prevent both feline distemper as well as several devastating respiratory viruses. This vaccine can be given to kittens as young as six weeks and then boosters are given every four weeks until the kitten is 14 weeks old. After that, a booster should be given one year later, and then speak with our veterinarian about getting the regular FVRCP vaccine every year or between every one to three years.
- FeLV: This vaccination is only needed for outdoor cats or cats that are exposed to outdoor cats as it prevents cat-to-cat transmitted viruses. For adult cats, it is a one-time shot while kittens will need a vaccination at eight to nine weeks, a booster two weeks later, and then one more booster as an adult.
- Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, and Canine Hepatitis: These vaccinations are considered core vaccines for dogs. Non-core vaccines such as those for Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Leptospira bacteria are given as needed depending on the dog’s breed, age, and lifestyle.
Contact Wintermere Pointe Animal Hospital for Pet Vaccinations
If you live in Winter Garden, Clermont, Windermere, or the surrounding areas and would like more information about pet vaccinations, contact Dr. Santiago. Call our team today at (407) 554-3422 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.