Sara and Dr. Schmerge vaccinating a patient with an oral vaccine.

We believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s health is vaccinating him or her against potential diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets and other animals. This makes proper vaccination vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses they are susceptible to.

It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.

We highly recommend that you DO NOT take your young puppies to the park, levy, etc. until the pup has had at least 2 Distemper/Parvo vaccines. The first vaccine should not be given until the puppy is 8 weeks of age. Vaccines given to puppies younger than 8 weeks may not be effective since the mother’s antibodies are still present in their systems and will essentially cancel out the vaccination. The second Distemper/Parvo vaccine should be given around 12 weeks of age (4 weeks after the first vaccine). Young puppies are extremely vulnerable to disease and are not fully protected from contracting disease until they have had at least 2 vaccines for most diseases.

The same holds true for kittens.

It is our goal to provide the highest level of care for your pet, and vaccination is an integral part of your pet’s overall health. Please contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s vaccination.

Please see our attached form for our recommendations and descriptions of vaccinations for dogs and cats.