Pet Vaccinations Save Dogs & Cats in Alamogordo, NM

Vaccinations are the cornerstone for wellness care at Leslie Animal Clinic, as they offer protection from the most debilitating and infectious diseases for dogs and cats. Vaccines provide protection from numerous diseases such as rabies, distemper, and hepatitis. Some of these diseases can be passed from pets to people, so vaccinations are important to human health as well.

To assist veterinarians with making vaccine recommendations for pets, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has issued canine and feline vaccine guidelines. One of AAHA’s key recommendations is that all pets are different, and vaccine decisions should be made on an individual basis for each dog or cat.

In creating your wellness plan for vaccinations, we take into consideration the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of each pet. For example, rattlesnake vaccine is not widely offered in urban areas in the Midwest, but here in New Mexico the rattlesnake is a genuine threat to your pets.

Together with pet owners, we tailor an immunization program that best protects your pet based on risk and lifestyle factors.

Adult Dogs—Typical vaccines may include:

  • Distemper/adenovirus/parainfluenza/parvovirus (DAPP): 3-year vaccine
  • Rabies: 3-year vaccine
  • Bordetella (kennel cough): every 6 months

Puppy Series—Typical vaccines may include:

  • DA2PP/bordetella: At 6–8 weeks, booster every 3 weeks until 16 weeks of age
  • Rabies: At 12 weeks

Adult Cats—Typicalvaccines and tests may include:

  • Feline leukemia (FeLV) and FIV test: Used to detect exposure to or infection of one of these viruses and recommended for any new cat coming into the household
  • Feline distemper/upper respiratory (FVRCP): 3-year vaccine
  • Rabies: 3-year vaccine
  • Feline leukemia (FeLv): Annually, as needed if your cat goes outdoors

Kitten Series—Typical vaccines and tests may include:

  • Feline leukemia (FeLV) and FIV test: Used to detect exposure to or infection of one of these viruses and recommended for any new cat coming into the household
  • FVRCP: Start at 6 weeks, booster every 3 weeks for a total of 2 doses
  • FeLv: At 8–9 weeks, booster 3 weeks later
  • Rabies: At 12 weeks

Rattlesnake Vaccine

Rattlesnake bite is a veterinary emergency that results in serious injury or even death to thousands of dogs each year. Red Rock Rattlesnake Vaccine defends your dog by creating an immunity that works right away to help neutralize the toxins.

Get answers to your questions about rattlesnake vaccine from the experts at Red Rock Biologics.

Visit our Pet Wellness page for more information about raising a healthy pet.

Remember, too, that protecting your pet also protects you and your family from some transmittable diseases. Read more about diseases transmitted from animals, called zoonotic diseases, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Read this interesting article from the AAHA website, Vaccinating Your Dog.

Cat owners will enjoy this AAHA article, Vaccinations for Your Cat.