Top-notch Disease Prevention for Your Pets
Vaccines are the best way to keep your pet safe from diseases. At VetNaturally in Mandeville, LA, we provide all the vital vaccines your pet needs to live a long, happy life, plus titer testing for measuring antibodies and preventing over-vaccinations.
Vaccines help your furry friend build immunity against bacteria, infectious diseases, and viruses that commonly infect animals. Every vaccine we use has all the appropriate safety and effectiveness testing and approvals. You don’t need to worry about any infectious reaction to vaccines because the injections only contain inactivated forms of the specific agent.
A few of the most common vaccines we administer protect against the following dangerous and often fatal diseases:
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Canine distemper
The above list only reflects a handful of the many vaccines we offer. If you’d like to learn more about the different disease prevention options we provide, call our clinic to schedule an appointment with your pet. We can create a vaccination plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
Core and Non-core Pet Vaccines
Core pet vaccines refer to the injections your pet must receive to protect its health versus the optional vaccines that you may add for improved protection. Your adult dog or cat will typically need booster doses of their core vaccines every one to three years, depending on a few different factors.
The core vaccines for dogs and cats are as follows:
- Dogs: Canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus, canine adenovirus, and rabies
- Cats: Feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus-1, feline panleukopenia, and rabies
Non-core vaccines aren’t required but can help pets live longer, healthier lives, especially in higher-risk environments. For example, certain geographical locations with high tick populations have increased Lyme disease risks.
The non-core vaccines for dogs and cats are as follows:
- Dogs: Canine influenza virus, canine parainfluenza virus, Bordetella, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, Coronavirus
- Cats: Feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, Chlamydophila felis, Bordetella bronchiseptica
If you’re unsure about which vaccines your pet needs, let us know during your pet’s wellness exam. We’ll ask you a few questions about your pet’s lifestyle and behavior to determine the best options for protecting its health. Each vaccine has different age and booster requirements, so we will walk you through the timing information during your appointment.
Dog and Cat Titer Testing
Antibody titer testing measures the level of antibodies for specific diseases in your pet’s blood. We use titer testing to determine how well your pet can currently fight certain conditions and whether or not they need a booster dose. Many vaccines require boosters every few years, though the antibodies may stay in your pet’s system longer than others.
To prevent over-vaccination and to save you time and money, we only want to vaccinate your pet when necessary. Titer testing is an accepted methodology approved by many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on the test results from the lab, we can decide whether or not your pet needs a booster vaccine.
We also use titer testing to determine which vaccines your dog or cat needs. For example, if you adopted your pet as an adult, you may not know which, if any, vaccines it’s already received. With antibody testing, we can see how well your pet’s immune system responds to various illnesses and get them the vaccines they still need.
Get Your Pet the Vaccines and Titer Testing They Need to Live a Long, Healthy Life
The best way to protect your furry friend from dangerous diseases is with vaccines. Whether you just adopted a puppy that needs all of its core vaccinations or you adopted an older cat and you’re unsure what vaccines they need, our team can help. At VetNaturally, we provide titer testing to determine exactly what your pet needs to fight off any virus or bacteria that comes its way.
Call VetNaturally in Mandeville, LA, at (985) 718-9991 to schedule an appointment for vaccines or titer testing with our experienced veterinary team.