Vaccinations At West Boca Veterinary Center

Keeping your pet healthy is no doubt a top priority for you, and that starts with a commitment to their overall wellness and everything that entails. Before your pet ever gets sick, you will likely be picking out an animal hospital that can take care of all their vaccination needs. At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, our veterinarians are committed to the overall wellness of dogs and cats and are ready to partner with you on assuring they have the care they need for a quality life.


Why Pet Vaccinations are Important

The idea behind vaccinations for dogs and cats is similar to why we keep ourselves and our children vaccination, to protect against contagious diseases. Even inside-only pets are not immune to potential threats. Exposure can come from an open window, an insect that flies into the house, or your pet may surprise you and get a sudden adventurous whim while you're bringing in groceries. If you ever board your pet, the risk of disease and the necessity of vaccination increases even more. At West Boca Veterinary Center we take a look at your pet's lifestyle and make recommendations as to what types of vaccinations your pet will need.

Essential Vaccines for Your Pet's Wellness

If you have a dog, at a minimum, he will need to be kept up on his  DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) vaccine as well as his rabies shot. In some cases, another vaccine for Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection, will also be included in the shot, making it DHLPP instead.

Cats will need a rabies shot as well, as rabies is fatal for all mammals who get it, including humans. Cats also need an additional vaccine, FVRCP, which protects against Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Outdoor cats should also be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia (FeLV).

Other Commonly Recommended Vaccines

If your dog or cat is more social or active around other pets or people, there are other vaccines that become necessary. One of the most common for both dogs and cats is Bordetella. This condition causes respiratory of or breathing difficulty, and is commonly known as kennel cough. 

Based on risk assessment, dogs are also commonly vaccinated against other diseases such as Canine Influenza and Lyme disease. 

Contact West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL!

By taking your pet in for regular wellness exams and communicating their needs to our veterinarians, we can help make sure your pet stays healthy and up to date on all their vaccinations. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for your pet, contact us at West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL at (561) 451-8838.

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