Customizing Pet Vaccinations for Healthier Pets
Vaccinations are critical to your pet’s preventive health care plan. They prevent your pet from catching dangerous diseases and help them live a longer, healthier life with you. When you bring your pet to Buffalo Grove Animal Hospital, we see them as the unique individual they are and tailor our services, including vaccines, accordingly. We also work with you to assess your pet’s unique vaccination protocol based on their lifestyle and risk level.
Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices with Vaccinations
We strongly believe that not all pets need all vaccines. Our veterinarian follows AAHA and AAFP Guidelines to develop a vaccination protocol that meets your pet’s individual needs. Before we form a plan, we’ll discuss with you which vaccines we recommend and why. Vaccines are either “core” (highly recommended for all) or “non-core” (recommended only if at risk). Vaccines we offer include:
- Rabies virus
- FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
- Feline Leukemia (recommended for outdoor cats)
- Rabies virus
- DA2PP virus (Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus-2, Parainfluenza virus, Parvovirus)
- Leptospirosis (while not core, we very often recommend this vaccine for dogs who are frequently outdoors)
- Lyme disease or Borrelia burgdorferi (for dogs who are often outdoors in wooded areas)
- Kennel Cough or Bordetella bronchiseptica (often required for boarding and grooming facilities; we also recommend it for dogs who frequent dog parks, competitions, and training classes)
- Canine Influenza Virus, both H3N2 and H3N8 strains (the original outbreak of canine flu began in Chicago, so many boarding and grooming facilities require it, and we often recommend it for dogs in social settings)
Preventing Overvaccination with Triennial Boosters
Many of the core pet vaccinations are now available as three-year vaccines, meaning your pet goes three years between boosters. This is a critical step in preventing overvaccination, and we use three-year vaccines whenever possible. For instance, our Canine Rabies Virus and DA2PP Virus vaccines are currently three-year doses, while our FVRCP for felines is soon to be a three-year vaccine, too.
Many of the noncore vaccines, on the other hand, are annual. Boosters are vital for ensuring your pet maintains immunity. We closely follow AAHA and AAFP Guidelines to avoid overvaccination while also providing the most effective protection.
Contact us today at 847-394-1128 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about pet vaccinations or overvaccination concerns.