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Posted on 02-22-2017

Pet Vaccinations in Portland

Vaccines are an important way to prevent your pet from acquiring many diseases that can be deadly. The antigen in vaccines help to stimulate the animal’s immune disease to fight the pathogen that causes the disease. A veterinarian will generally recommend a core group of vaccines that most animals need to fight off common illnesses. However, the vet may recommend other vaccines, depending on the lifestyle of your pet and its risk of exposure to disease-producing organisms.

Recommended Core Vaccines for Dogs

In Oregon, all dogs must receive a rabies vaccination to be in compliance with the law. Core vaccines against distemper, parvo parainfluenza and hepatitis are considered core vaccines to maintain health. Generally, puppies begin a course of vaccinations by 8 months of age.

Recommended Core Vaccines for Cats

Oregon law also states that all cats must be vaccinated against rabies. In addition, the vet will recommend core vaccines against feline panleukopenia, feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus. Kittens begin their course of vaccines around the age of 8 months.

Additional Vaccines Your Portland Vet May Recommend

We may also recommend other vaccines, such as bordatella vaccines for cats and dogs that are boarded at kennels or daycare facilities. For dogs, we often recommend non-core vaccines for leptospirosis, borrelia burgdorferi and Lyme diseases. Non-core cat vaccines generally include those against chlamydophila felis, feline leukemia and FIV.

Vaccinations at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic in Portland

We at Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic take our concern for the health of dogs, cats and other small animals very seriously and offer a variety of services to ensure your pet has a long, happy and healthy life. We provide wellness care, vaccinations, spay and neuter services, flea and tick prevention, dental care, surgery and emergency care to our clients. Call today at 503-285-7661 to make an appointment to discuss recommended vaccines that will help to keep your pet healthy.

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