Pet Vaccinations Jacksonville & Orange Park

Have you been searching online for pet vaccinations Jacksonville & Orange Park? PrimeVet Animal Hospital offers a broad range of vaccines to protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases. Pet vaccines are designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare your pet's immune system to fight future infections from a host of diseases. Our veterinarians will consider health factors and the lifestyle of your pet to customize a vaccination program for optimal protection throughout your pet's life. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience but it also carries with it the responsibility to ensure your cat or dog lives a longer, healthier and happier life.

Guidelines for Pet Immunization

Our veterinarians will develop a pet immunization plan for your dog or cat based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) that considers your pet's medical history, age, hereditary factors and lifestyle. Some pets are homebodies and have very little opportunity for exposure to infectious disease, while others have increased exposure bases on their activities. Whether your dog goes to the dog park on a regular basis or your cat likes to wander outside are important factors used to develop a vaccination protocol for pet vaccinations Jacksonville & Orange Park. Not only are there different pet vaccines, there are combinations of pet vaccines for different diseases.

Common Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats

Dogs or Canine Vaccinations

  • DHPP, commonly called a canine distemper shot, is a combination pet vaccine that protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
  • Rabies (1 and 3 year) vaccinations are required by law in Florida. The rabies virus is fatal and all mammals (including humans) are susceptible to infection.
  • Leptospirosis, which may be included with a distemper combination vaccine, protects against bacterial infections prevalent in moist climates with standing or slow moving water.
  • Bordetella, commonly called kennel cough, is an upper respiratory viral infection that is important for dogs that go to a dog park, groomer, boarding kennel or daycare.

Cats or Feline Vaccinations*

  • FVRCP, commonly called a feline distemper shot, is a combination pet vaccine that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.
  • Rabies (1 year) vaccinations are required by law in Florida. The rabies virus is fatal and all mammals (including humans) are susceptible to infection.
  • Felv, commonly called feline leukemia, is a viral infection that is only transmitted through close contact, and this pet vaccine is generally only recommended for cats that go outdoors.

*NOTE: For the safety of our feline patients, we only use Merial's Purevax vaccines. These non-adjuvented pet vaccines have been proven to be much safer for felines and are of a significantly higher quality.

Parasite control products are recommended help repel or kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that can cause dangerous health conditions like heartworms, round worms or Lyme disease in both dogs and cats.

Protecting a Puppy or Kitten

Due to their immature immune systems, puppies and kittens are highly susceptible to infectious disease and must receive a series of properly staged pet vaccinations Jacksonville & Orange Park. Although they receive antibodies in their mother's milk, antibodies decrease while their immune system is still maturing. To provide immunization in the first few months of life, a series of pet vaccinations are scheduled, usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most puppies and kittens, the final vaccination in the series is administered at about 4 months of age. Puppies should be tested for heartworm at 6 months of age and kittens tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) at their first visit, if not done previously.

If you live in Fleming Island, Argyle Forest, Doctors Lake, Green Cove Springs, Ortega Hills, Oak Leaf Plantation or the surrounding area and need a caring veterinarian to determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your dog or cat, contact us at 904-644-7876.