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Why Do I Have to Vaccinate My Pet

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Posted on 08-11-2017

West Nashville pet owners, are you asking yourself, “Why do I have to vaccinate my pet?”

  • Vaccinations are the main fight against viral and bacterial infections in pets worldwide.
  • Millions of dog & cats worldwide have been saved through vaccines.
  • Vaccines are safe and well-tolerated by most dogs & cats.
  • Vaccines help your pet live a longer, healthier & happier life!

Vaccinations are vital to puppies or kittens when their young immune systems are developing and need protection. Keeping your pet current as they age on their annual or scheduled vaccines is vital to your dog or cat’s health, the health of all pets and even the people in our west Nashville community.

Our Nashville veterinarians will provide you with vaccine education, discuss the scheduling of booster shots (if necessary for puppies & kittens) and discuss the need to return annually or on a set schedule.

Our vets will discuss your pet’s history, age, lifestyle and other factors (location, the prevalence of diseases in west Nashville, closeness to wildlife, where you go like dog parks, where you travel, etc…) and determine a proper vaccination guideline and schedule.

Vaccines required/recommended for most dogs (recommendations vary based on factors above)

  • Rabies (required by state law)
  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella “Kennel Cough” (required to board with us)
  • Canine Flu

Vaccines required/recommended in cats (recommendations vary based on factors above)

  • Rabies (required by state law)
  • Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP) “Distemper”
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Feline IV (FIV)
  • Bordetella “Kennel Cough”

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