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Posted on 01-08-2015

We get a lot of clients that bring their new furry family members in to see the Veterinarian, due to illness or for a wellness check-up, only to discover that their pet is actually behind on vaccines. A lot of them have been told by the breeder that they had given all the first shots or series of shots which can mislead the new owners into thinking they don’t need to further vaccinate. So let’s break it down and explain what our Veterinarians recommend as most important for a new puppy or kitten.

First Vaccines- The first vaccine should be given at 8 weeks of age. Before this time their immune system should still be thoroughly covered by the immunity the received from mamma. It doesn’t hurt them to give the vaccines before 8 weeks…it just isn’t cost effective for you.

Vaccine Protocol- The recommended protocol for optimum immunity varies by geographic location and local diseases, etc. Here at Oregon Trail Veterinary Clinic we recommend a protocol individual to each pet and lifestyle. For example if you are around livestock, irrigation or water like rivers and streams we would recommend a different protocol than say a small lap dog that will be almost always indoors.

Parvovirus- It is very important to vaccinate your puppy appropriately for Parvo. We see if quite often in Hermiston and it is so very sad to see these puppies so sick with something that is so cheap and easy to vaccinate against. Although there is still a chance for your puppy to contract Parvo, even by following the best of protocols, this is our recommendation: For best immunity response, give their first parvo vaccine at 8 weeks old and then repeat every three weeks for a total of 4 vaccines.

Feline Upper Respiratory Virus- One of the most common ailments we see cats for are snotty noses and sneezing. The core Feline vaccine helps protect against many of these upper respiratory viruses. Again, vaccinating correctly can really save you from spending money on office visits and medications. Vaccinating is kind of like buying insurance for your pet. The idea is to have a vaccine protocol that will give your pet the best coverage that will protect your pet from these diseases.

When you bring your pet in, the technician and doctor will make recommendations to you based on your pet’s potential exposure and your budget. If you have any vaccination questions please call and talk to one or our amazing receptionists or technicians.

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