Vaccinations Keep Your Pet Going Strong
Taking good care of your pet requires more than just providing them with food, water, and a soft place to sleep. To ensure their continuing wellness, we recommend bringing your pet in to see their veterinarian at least once a year–more for elderly pets–for a comprehensive exam and appropriate pet vaccinations. We want to see your animal companion healthy and living their life to its fullest potential. As they grow and age, their healthcare needs will change. Wellness exams serve as the foundation for your pet’s ongoing health history. Following a thorough examination, our veterinarian will discuss their vaccine options. Here at Eastside Animal Hospital in East Lansing, we offer both core vaccines and non-core vaccines. The rabies vaccination for dogs is required by law. Core vaccines are necessary for all animals within various species groups as they are most prevalent, easily spread from one animal to the next, and some are life threatening. Non-core vaccines depend on certain factors such as age and lifestyle.
We offer a variety of pet vaccinations here in East Lansing to meet your pet’s individual requirements. If you’re uncertain about what they need, ask your veterinarian—they’ll evaluate your pet’s overall health record and assess their current lifestyle. All pets live their lives differently, and we believe in accommodating those differences to keep them as healthy as possible.
Vaccines always differ by species, and the ones we offer include:
• DA2PP (Distemper/Adenovirus II/Parainfluenza/Parvo)
• Canine influenza (bivalent)
• FVRCP (Rhinotracheitis/
• Feline leukemia
- Ferret Distemper (when available and with caution)
Canine Influenza: What You Need to Know
Recently, canine influenza has broken out in Michigan. While often not fatal, this respiratory virus can cause flu-like symptoms in your pup including a cough, mild fever, and nasal discharge. More severe cases can cause other complications. Antibiotics are usually enough to reverse symptoms for a mild infection, however, preventing this illness altogether is better for your dog (and your wallet). Our vaccine is bivalent, meaning it protects against both strains of the virus. Learn more about this important vaccine by giving us a call and to schedule your dog’s vaccination appointment.
Our Vaccination Protocol
Vaccination protocol differs from one pet to the next. Rabies vaccine is required by law for dogs and ferrets. However, we highly recommend having your cat vaccinated against rabies too–even if they are indoors. Bats (the primary source of rabies exposure in Michigan) can easily get into your home. Bordetella is generally required by boarding facilities and groomers to be updated every 6 to 12 months. Most veterinarians will require it at least annually for any routine in-house services.
We offer the 3-year Rabies and the 3-year DA2PP vaccines for dogs over 1 year of age with a proper vaccine history. Your cat’s vaccine protocol will vary greatly depending on their lifestyle. However, even if your cat is a “couch potato,” routine annual health exams are very important to assess general health and dental health.
If you have any questions about our protocol or would like to make an appointment, please call us at (517) 332-2511. We look forward to speaking with you.