Dog and Cat Vaccinations from Our
Lafayette Veterinary Clinic
Many serious, even fatal diseases can be prevented by proper vaccination, and some vaccinations are required by law. Vaccinations are inexpensive and they save lives. If your pet needs vaccinations or you want to discuss which vaccinations are appropriate, call us at Animal Care Hospital, your caring Lafayette veterinary clinic.
Cats and kittens require a different set of shots than dogs, but they are just as important. By Louisiana state law, cats must be vaccinated for rabies and be up to date on that vaccination. Just like dogs, there are four core vaccinations for cats:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis (herpesvirus)
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
- Leukemia vaccine (outdoor cats and kittens, or cats otherwise at risk)
Non-core vaccines may be recommended for certain cats, such as those that go outside or live in certain areas:
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
Just like with dogs, the first three core vaccines are usually delivered as a combination shot, referred to as FVRCP by most vets. We would be glad to speak to you about the vaccinations your cat needs.
We currently do not screen cats for intestinal parasites. Cats find the procedure very rude and invasive. We also feel that we usually do not obtain an adequate sample of feces to make a correct assessment of parasite presence.
The core vaccines for dogs cover deadly diseases with severe symptoms and limited or no treatment. These conditions are often fatal, and even if survived, may lead to lifelong impairment. Any veterinarian in Lafayette LA will recommend these vaccines:
- Adenovirus (hepatitis)
Non-core vaccines are given to prevent the spread of very contagious diseases, or in cases where some dogs are much more likely to be exposed than others. Your vet will know which of these shots your dog should have:
- Canine influenza
The first three core vaccines are usually given in a combination shot, often with parainfluenza and sometimes leptospirosis. It may be referred to as DAPP, DAPP, DALPP, or something else. Bordetella vaccines are commonly given to dogs that will be boarded or spend a lot of time with strange dogs because the condition is so contagious.
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Heartworms, intestinal parasites, and fleas are a huge problem in South Louisiana (including Lafayette, Duscon, Rayne, and Maurice areas). We highly recommend that you treat your pets year-round to prevent an infestation of you, your environment, and your pets from these deadly pests. Our staff is well-educated and ready to help you determine which preventative best suits you and your pet’s needs.
Dr. Guidry does not believe in over-vaccinating pets. He continuously monitors current immunology protocols for any updates recommended by AAHA (national veterinary organization for hospital regulations and protocols). You, Dr. Guidry, and any health risk will determine which vaccines are appropriate for your pet’s health. Dr.Guidry will also be glad to discuss vaccination protocols prior to vaccinating your pet(s).
- All visits will have an Office Visit charge
- Microchipping is a great idea to prevent theft or loss, and to use as a permanent form of I.D. for any pet. It is inserted under the skin with a needle just like a vaccine. It can be performed during any routine visit and requires no sedation (it lasts for the life of the pet).
- This is to serve as a guideline to services that your pet may need. This is not to be considered an estimate of services and issued for the purpose of a sample of the services we offer our patients. The doctor invests time studying these protocols and will determine any health risk on an individual basis and change a protocol to best fit the patient. Price are dictated by the cost of supplies and medication.
Call Our Lafayette Veterinary Hospital Today!
Because many of these conditions have such serious symptoms and no treatment, our Lafayette veterinary hospital urges you to make sure that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. Animal Care Hospital provides professional, loving service for your dog, cat, puppy, or kitten in Lafayette, Maurice, Duson, and Rayne. Call us at (337) 981-0909 to book an appointment.