Dog & Cat Vaccinations in La Porte Contribute to a Healthier, Happier Pet

Your pet is family, and like family, you want to make sure all their needs are met year after year. Dog and cat vaccinations are a crucial element to their health care needs and help them to live long and happy lives with you. Regular boosters maintain their immunity to debilitating illnesses that could threaten their life. At Bay-Porte Animal Hospital, we offer the latest, safest vaccines for cats and dogs. We tailor each vaccination protocol to fit your pet’s unique needs and our La Porte area’s natural dangers.

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Dog and cat vaccinations in La Porte, TX

What Vaccines Does Your Dog or Cat Need?

Not all dogs and cats need all vaccines. Many of them depend on your pet’s lifestyle. For instance, if you and your dog hike often in and around our area, your dog will benefit from the rattlesnake vaccine. The vaccine reduces the effects of the venom if your dog is bitten. Yet, if your dog is a homebody, this vaccine is simply not necessary. At our animal hospital, your pet will receive only the vaccines they truly need.

Core Vaccines

Some vaccines we consider essential for all pets due to the prevalence and danger of the illnesses they prevent. These include:

  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) – for all dogs
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) – for all cats
  • Rabies – for all cats and dogs

Lifestyle Vaccines

Vaccines that we offer based on lifestyle include:

  • Leptospirosis – This bacterial infection is a danger to dogs who are frequently outdoors.
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) – This highly contagious respiratory infection spreads easily when dogs are in close contact, such as at a boarding or grooming facility.
  • Canine Influenza – We recommend the canine flu vaccine for social dogs and those who may be more susceptible such as senior dogs.
  • Rattlesnake – This vaccine is a must for dogs who hike frequently in our area.
  • Lyme – This tick-borne illness is not overly prevalent in our area, but if your dog travels out-of-state often with you, we may recommend it.
  • Feline Leukemia – There is no cure for this contagious feline disease. We recommend it for all kittens and for adult cats who go outdoors.
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Initial Vaccination Series & Lifetime Boosters

As a puppy or kitten, your pet will receive an initial series of vaccines to boost their immune system. This will include the core vaccines as well as any lifestyle vaccines we recommend based on your plans for them.

After their initial series, your adult pet will need regular boosters to maintain their immunity. The core vaccines including DHPP, FVRCP, and canine rabies are 3-year vaccines. Feline rabies and most lifestyle vaccines are 1-year vaccines.

If your pet is due for their vaccinations, contact us today or schedule your appointment online!