Vaccinations

In the 21st century, vaccinations are the most reliable medical defense against infectious diseases. Diseases such as rabies that commonly took the lives of many humans and animals yearly have been successfully controlled in most American communities by vaccinations.

Our veterinary doctors recommend a vaccine protocol that is specific to the risks associated with our geographic area, and also the lifestyle factors of particular patients.

Our core vaccinations for cats and dogs are as follows:

  • Dogs: Rabies*, Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus, Lyme/Leptospirosis
  • Cats: Rabies*, Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus

*Rabies vaccination is legally required by the state of Minnesota for all pets.

For individual pets, we may recommend additional non-core vaccinations based on their lifestyle, health status, and risk of exposure. For example, indoor/outdoor cats should receive the Feline Leukemia vaccination and dogs who spend time in kennels should receive the bordetella vaccination (kennel cough) and canine influenza vaccination because they are at a greater risk of infection.

Any of our clients have the right to refuse any vaccination that we recommend. But please be advised that our veterinarians are constantly reading the latest medical research about vaccine protocols, and some vaccines such as rabies will incur a legal penalty if not routinely received.

How do vaccinations work?

Vaccinations expose the immune system to a small amount of the disease-causing agent. The small dose will not make the pet sick, and their immune system should be able to fight if off. When the immune system gears up to fight off the offending disease, it will create specialized antigens that are tailored to the specific attacker. If the pet ever encounters the same disease again, their immune system will have already been through a training course and have antigens at the ready to combat the attacker.

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