Vaccine Information

We believe in regular immunizations for all companion animals, especially when they are young.  Most disease is spread to young, unvaccinated animals from infected animals or a contaminated environment, and can cause a permanent carrier state if that animal survives the illness, causing continued spread of the disease.  The more animals that are immunized means less disease, period.  Young animals should receive a series of boosters given every 3-4 weeks, starting at 6 weeks of age and finishing at 12-16 weeks of age, for full immunization.  Annually, most dogs will receive boosters of  DHLPP, Bordatella, and Rabies, although a 3-year Rabies vaccine is available.  Cats will receive the Rabies vaccine and  FVRC/P and FeLV vaccines, dependent on the cat’s environment or exposure to other cats.  We customize a vaccine program to each pet according to its needs.  Some will not need a full set of immunizations annually, but all dogs and cats that are healthy receive regular Rabies vaccine boostering per Louisiana State law.

DHLPP = Distemper, Hepatitis(Adenovirus), Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza

FVRCP = Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis(Herpes), Calicivirus, Panleukopenia

FeLV = Feline Leukemia Virus

Equine

Equine vaccines include any or all of the following vaccines:  Encephalomyelitis, West Nile, Strangles, Flu/Rhino, Tetanus, and  Rabies.

Porcine and Caprine  (Pigs and Goats)

We recommend all piglets and kids receive a Clostridium tetani C&D (Tetanus) vaccine at least 2 weeks before neutering or other surgical procedure like dehorning.  These babies are not required to be vaccinated for Rabies.  Pigs can also acquire or be carriers of Leptospirosis, a deadly bacteria found in damp soil and standing water, so we recommend this immunization for some of our pig patients.