Dog and Cat Vaccines

The best way to keep your pet well is to prevent them from getting sick. In addition to regular wellness exams, vaccines are the most important part of preventive care measures for your pet. As a patient of Signature Veterinary Services, your cat or dog can enjoy receiving his or her full schedule of vaccinations from the comfort of your own home.

Why Vaccinations Are So Important for Health

Vaccines are developed to protect cats and dogs from contracting some of the most contagious and fatal diseases. Having pets vaccinated decreases disease spread, saves lives, and avoids costly treatment measures, which are not always successful. In addition to safeguarding your pet’s health, certain vaccines also protect against zoonotic diseases that can be transferred from pets to people.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Vaccinating Pets?

Like most medical treatments, vaccines do have some risks. Reactions, however, are rare and side effects are usually very mild. The benefits of vaccinating pets far outweigh any potential risks. We develop safe and effective vaccine programs tailored to the individual pet.

Determining Which Vaccines Your Pet Should Have

Vaccinations for both cats and dogs are placed into two categories: core and non-core vaccines.
Core vaccines are those that are recommended and/or required by law for all pets to receive. Core vaccines in dogs include rabies, distemper virus, parvovirus, adenovirus, and canine Leptospira. Core vaccines in cats include rabies, herpesvirus 1, calicivirus, panleukopenia virus, and leukemia virus (in kittens).
Non-core vaccines are optional and recommended based on a pet’s lifestyle, environment, and potential exposure risk. Examples include Bordetella, canine influenza, and canine rattlesnake.
After a careful review of your pet’s lifestyle, our veterinarians at Signature Veterinary Services will design a customized vaccine program for your dog or cat to ensure he or she is adequately protected.

Conveniently Establish Your Pet's At-Home Vaccination Schedule with Our Mobile Veterinary Clinic

Vaccination schedules for cats and dogs depend on the pet’s age, history, and the type of vaccines administered. Puppies and kittens usually receive their first vaccinations at or around 8 weeks of age. They’ll receive booster vaccines every 3-4 weeks until at or after 16 weeks of age. Once pets reach adulthood, core vaccine boosters are usually administered every 1 to 3 years and non-core vaccines as frequently as every 6 months.
At Signature Veterinary Services, our team educates you about disease risks and vaccination protocols and, with your input, identifies the most appropriate vaccines for your individual pet. With mobile care, you can skip the stress of visiting a hospital and enjoy the undivided attention you and your pets receive…right at your doorstep.