August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Some common vaccines you might come across...

Rabies is the most common vaccination on the market. This is a required vaccination to license your pets through the county, and it is highly encouraged because of the prevalence of rabies. Rabies is also a zoonotic disease, meaning the infection can transfer to you or your human loved ones as well. Both dogs and cats should be up to date on this. For dogs, this can be either an annual vaccine or a 3 year vaccine. For cats, we offer an annual vaccination.

Distemper/Parvo (DHPP) is a common virus that we see in the dog world. The distemper virus and the parvo virus are two separate concerns, but there is one vaccine that will get your dog protected for both. This can either be an annual vaccine, or a 3 year vaccine.

Leptospirosis is a common bacterial infection in Humboldt County. It is spread through wildlife animal urine (like raccoons), and is found in pools of standing water. Leptospirosis is also a zoonotic disease, meaning if your pet is infected it can transfer to you or your human loved ones. This is an annual vaccination.

Bordetella is the “kennel cough” vaccine. Dogs in social situations, such as boarding, grooming, or dog parks, are at risk. This is an annual vaccination (although some boarding or grooming locations require them to be updated every 6 months for the safety of their staff and patrons).

K9 Influenza is a new vaccine to our clinic. Although there have been no recorded outbreaks in Humboldt County, it has been isolated in Southern Oregon, Redding, and the Bay Area. If you travel with your dog, board or groom, or go to dog parks this is a recommended vaccination. This is an annual vaccination.


FVRCP is the vaccine to protect cats against upper respiratory contagions. Although it is only one vaccine, this product protects from rhinotracheitis (herpes), calcivirus, and panleukopenia (distemper). This is an annual vaccination recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Feline leukemia virus, a retrovirus, is also seen in cats. It is usually spread through close contact but has many modes of transmission. This vaccine is recommended for cats that go outside and/or are exposed to other cats. This is a 2 year vaccination.

**If this if your pets first vaccination of a particular type, they will need an initial vaccine and then a booster 3-4 weeks after that to be considered immunized. If you have questions, feel free to give our office a call and a member of our knowledgeable staff will walk you through the vaccination series for your pet.

Even inside kitties need vaccinations!

Although your cat may spend all of their time lounging inside their castle, they can still be at risk. Some illnesses or bacteria can be spread without direct contact. Unknowingly tracking in some contaminant on shoes, a wildlife home invader, coming to the hospital, or an accidental escape can put your pet at risk. The AAFP recommends Rabies and FVRCP vaccines for both outdoor and indoor kitties.


The good news is….

If your pet has a current annual exam with us, we can get them up to date on vaccinations with a simple technician appointment! No need to see the Doctor that day, or pay the examination fee. Our technicians are fully qualified and great at handling animals during stressful times like shots or nail trims. 

For more information on vaccinations, see Veterinary Partner