Vaccines

 

The BloomingPaws Vet Clinic offers a wide range of vaccines for pets. We administer the vaccines, as well as discuss with pet parents the advantages and risks of various approaches to keeping pets immunized. Besides the many standard vaccines offered at many vet offices, we also offer on-site vaccine “titers,” which are blood tests from which we can tell quickly whether or not a pet currently has an acceptable level of immunity to specific diseases. This is helpful for pet parents who are concerned about over-vaccinating their pets but who want to make sure that their pets are currently protected. This page lists the vaccines we use, along with recommendations are requirements, and a section on “titers.” Pet parents are encouraged to call our Vet Clinic at (812) 333-2273 for more information. You can click on the name of a section just below to go directly to that section.


Canine:

Rabies (3 year)

  • Protects against rabies, which is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals. Mandated by state law.
    • Recommended Frequency: Initial vaccination given to puppies at 12 weeks, a booster a year later, and then every three years following.
    • Required by state law
    • Required for use of our BloomingPaws Resort, Daycare, Grooming, and Dog Obedience Training facilities

DAP (3 year)

  • Protects against canine distemper, canine adenovirus (infectious canine hepatitis), and canine parvovirus, all of which can be fatal if your dog is exposed.
    • Recommended Frequency: Puppies should get three rounds of boosters between the ages of 6-16 weeks of age. Each booster should be three weeks apart, the last being given at 16 weeks. Following the initial series of vaccinations, the dog should receive a booster in a year, and then every three years.
      • Could instead receive titer testing yearly
    • Required for use of our BloomingPaws Resort, Daycare, Grooming, and Dog Obedience Training facilities

Bordetella (6 month)

  • Protects against canine cough. Incubation period of 7-14 days, so the dog could have it and show no symptoms for up to two weeks.
    • Recommended Frequency: Puppies can be vaccinated as early as 6 weeks. Following, the dog should be given a booster every 6 months.
    • Required for use of our BloomingPaws Resort, Daycare, Grooming, and Dog Obedience Training facilities

Leptospirosis (yearly)

  • Protects against leptospirosis, which is an infection of bacterial spirochetes that can be transmissible to humans. Canines will typically come into contact with the leptospira bacteria through infected water, soil, or mud, while swimming, passing through, or drinking contaminated water, or from coming into contact with urine from an infected animal.
    • Recommended Frequency: Initial vaccination, then should be followed by a booster three weeks later, then repeat vaccination yearly.
    • Required for use of our BloomingPaws Resort, Daycare, Grooming, and Dog Obedience Training facilities. Also based on risk assessment.
      • Meet with our BloomingPaws veterinarians to discuss your options.

Canine Influenza (yearly)

  •  Protects against Canine Influenza H3N8, a highly contagious respiratory infection that is most common among dogs that have frequent contact with other dogs at dog parks, kennels and shelters.
    • Recommended Frequency: Initial vaccination, then should be followed by a booster three weeks later, then repeat vaccination yearly.
    • Optional based on risk assessment
      • Meet with our BloomingPaws veterinarians to discuss your options.

Lyme (Yearly)

  • Protects against Lyme disease, most commonly spread through ticks. Given to canines that are in tick infested environments. Most commonly found on the East Coast.
    • Recommended Frequency: Initial vaccination, then should be followed by a booster at least three weeks later, then repeat vaccination yearly.
    • Optional based on risk assessment (Pet parents should meet with our BloomingPaws veterinarians to discuss your options).

Feline:

Our veterinarians use PUREVAX vaccines for felines. PUREVAX is a Merial line of feline vaccines that is developed using state-of-the-art technology to deliver a vaccination that is both effective and safe. Other feline vaccines can contain proteins and adjuvants, which can present potential risks in cats, such as injection site reactions and certain types of cancer.

Rabies (yearly)

  • Protects against rabies, which is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals.Mandated by state law.
    • Recommended Frequency: Initial vaccination given to kittens at 12 weeks of age, and then a booster every year.
    • Required by state law
    • Required for use of our BloomingPaws Resort, Daycare and Grooming facilities

FVRCP

  • Protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (feline distempter), all of which can be fatal if your cat is exposed.
    • Recommended Frequency: Kittens should get three rounds of boosters between the ages of 6-16 weeks of age. Each booster should be three weeks apart, the last being given at 16 weeks. Following the initial series of vaccinations, the cat should receive a booster in a year, and then every three years.
    • Required for use of our BloomingPaws Resort, Daycare and Grooming facilities

Leukemia Vaccine

  • Protects against feline leukemia (FeLV), and is primarily for cats that will be going outdoors. They will need to have an FeLV test prior to the vaccine also.
    • Recommended Frequency: Initial vaccination should be given at 9weeks, and a booster given three weeks later. Following this series the cat should be vaccinated yearly. American Association of Feline Practitioners now recommends that all kittens get this series and then annually if risk factors are present. Their thinking is that it gives at least a basic level of protection in case a cat accidentally/unexpectedly
      gets outside.
  • An FeLV test should be done prior to being given the vaccination. However, a kitten can sometimes show a false positive residual from Momma Cat, so it is recommended they have an FIV test at a later date.

 

  • Optional, based on risk assessment
    • Meet with our BloomingPaws veterinarians to discuss your options

 

Titers:

We all want our pets to be healthy and free from disease. Vaccines are one piece in the puzzle to help achieve this, but many pet parents are concerned about over-vaccinating their pets. In the last 15 years, the veterinary community has recognized that we are likely over-vaccinating our cats and dogs.

For a few years now, vaccine titer-testing has been available to veterinarians, and the pet parents they serve. This is a test performed on a blood sample collected from your pet to determine whether the pet, at this moment, has adequate immunity to a particular infectious disease. The results of a vaccine titer test can indicate that your pet does not need to get a particular vaccine.

Titers can be a good alternative for many pet parents who are concerned about vaccinating their dog or cat. Until recently they were very expensive because they had to be sent out to a lab. Fortunately, BloomingPaws Vet Clinic has the capability of testing vaccine titers in-house, and this reduces both the expense and the time necessary for results, which are available very quickly from our lab.

Here is some information about vaccine titer-testing, performed at BloomingPaws:

  • Gives vaccination status for distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus in dogs
  • Gives vaccination status for panleukopenia in cats
  • Helps your pet’s veterinarian determine if vaccines are needed
  • Must be performed yearly in order to determine vaccination status
  • Is a great option for those pets who have vaccine reactions
  • May help decrease the incidence of immune-mediated disease that can be caused by vaccines

For more information, please call to schedule an appointment with our veterinarians at (812) 333-2273. For more details on how it all works, visit the VacciCheck website.