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Colonial Animal Hospital (561) 737-6448

Colonial Gateway Animal Hospital (561) 732-3629

Protecting their Health with Pet Vaccinations

Your pet’s health depends a lot on vaccinations. Pet vaccinations play an important role in protecting young and vulnerable pets in Boynton Beach from common, yet dangerous diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. At Colonial Animal Hospital and Colonial Gateway Veterinary Center, our veterinarians work with you to develop a balanced approach to vaccines that fully protects your pet and reduces the risk of overvaccination.

A Lifetime of Protection

Dogs and cats will require vaccines throughout their life to retain their immunity. Proper timing of their vaccine boosters is paramount to ensure optimal protection. Puppies and kittens will begin their vaccination protocol between 6-8 weeks of age. They’ll receive a series of core (distemper and rabies) vaccines and any lifestyle vaccines recommended in their first year. After this initial series, dog and cat vaccinations are needed annually or triennially, depending on the type of vaccine given.

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Vaccines we provide

We highly recommend that all cats and dogs receive their core vaccines on a timely basis. Yet, depending on their lifestyle, some pets may benefit from lifestyle or “noncore” vaccines for further protection. A list of our core and noncore vaccines includes:

Core:

  • Rabies (cats and dogs)
  • DHPP (canine distemper)
  • FVRCP (feline distemper)

Noncore:

  • Bordetella (“kennel cough,” dogs)
  • Leptospirosis (dogs)
  • Lyme (dogs)
  • Canine influenza
  • Feline leukemia

Most noncore vaccines are needed if your pet leads an outdoor lifestyle or frequently comes in contact with other cats and dogs. Noncore vaccines usually require annual boosters.

Overvaccination & Titer Testing

Overvaccination is a growing concern for pet parents. Yet, the risks of overvaccination are far less dangerous and less likely than the diseases vaccines protect against. To ease your minds, we do offer titer testing, which involves testing the level of antibodies your pet has against certain diseases. If the level is high enough, we can safely postpone their vaccination for a later date. However, please keep in mind that rabies is required by law in the state of Florida in order to keep pets and their humans safe from this incurable disease. Therefore, regardless of your pet’s antibody level, we are required to revaccinate for rabies according to their vaccination schedule.

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Want to know more about pet vaccinations? Contact one of our two locations!

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