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Vaccinations

Protect Your Pet from Preventable Disease

At South Loop Animal Hospital, we understand that basic vaccines protect most pets from common diseases. We don’t believe in giving pets vaccines they don’t need. We consider your pet’s lifestyle, exposure to other animals in kennels and urban dog parks, and your pet’s risk of preventable diseases, then tailor your animal’s vaccine program to his or her particular needs.

Dogs

We may recommend the following canine vaccines:

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus (DAPP)—3-year vaccine in second year of vaccinations
  • Rabies—3-year vaccine in second year of vaccinations
  • Leptospirosis—annually, as needed based on your pet’s lifestyle
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)—every six months, as needed based on high exposure environments
  • Lyme—annually, as needed based on your pet’s lifestyle
  • Canine Influenza--annually, as needed based on your pet's lifestyle

Puppy Series—typical vaccines may include:

  • DAPP —start at 6–8 weeks, then a booster every 3–4 weeks, at least three doses
  • Rabies—at 14–16 weeks
  • Leptospirosis—after 12 weeks as needed for your puppy’s lifestyle
  • Lyme—after 12 weeks as needed for puppy’s lifestyle

Cats

Recommended feline vaccines may include:

  • Feline Distemper/Upper respiratory (FVRCP)—3-year vaccine in second year of vaccinations
  • Rabies—annually
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLv)—annually, as needed

Kitten Series—typical vaccines may include:

  • FVRCP—start at 6-8 weeks, booster every 3–4 weeks, at least three doses
  • Rabies—at 14–16 weeks
  • FeLv—if kitten goes outside, at 8–9 weeks, booster 3–4 weeks later

If you board your animal, you will usually be required to produce up-to-date vaccination records. We recommend keeping these records handy in order to avoid any last minute confusion.

We welcome you to bring your questions regarding disease prevention to your pet’s wellness visit, or feel free to call our office with your concerns. For more answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinating your pet, check out the American Veterinary Medical Association website, which is an excellent resource.