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Recommended Vaccines

What vaccines does my pet need?

The PAWS Clinic strongly recommends that all cats and dogs are fully vaccinated (FVRCP combination for cats, DHPP combination and bordetella for dogs) BEFORE they come to the clinic for surgery.  The PAWS Clinic offers these vaccines only on the day of surgery, and they do not offer any immunity from the diseases they protect against immediately.  Therefore, it is recommended that cats and dogs come into the clinic already vaccinated.

We do require a current rabies vaccines for any cat or dog 12 weeks or older.  The rabies vaccine can be administered on the day of surgery for an additional $12 (1 year vaccine) or $15 (3 year vaccines).  Note that you must show proof of a prior 1 year vaccine for your pet to receive a 3 year vaccine. 

Vaccine protocols are discussed below.

Cats

Feline FVRCP Combination: The distemper vaccine, included as part of a three or four way vaccine depending on what it contains, protects your cat against three or four different diseases common to cats, including common upper respiratory diseases that cats can catch even if they live indoors. (The vaccine The PAWS Clinic uses protects against Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia.) This vaccine is often recommended if your cat is boarded, hospitalized, may come into contact with other animals, etc. Many veterinarians, boarding and grooming facilities require this vaccination. It is an annual vaccination unless otherwise noted by your regular veterinarian. The first time your cat receives the three or four way vaccine, the vaccine may need to be boostered (repeated) 2-4 weeks later, but you should check with your regular, personal vet to find out for sure. This vaccine is an additional $15 at the time of the spay/neuter surgery.

Rabies: This vaccine is generally recommended for cats 12 weeks or older.  The PAWS Clinic requires any of our patients 12 weeks or older to already have a current rabies vaccine, or to receive  one on the  day of surgery.   Animals are not considered immunized for at least 28 days after the initial or primary vaccination is administered.   The first time your cat is vaccinated for rabies, the vaccine will be good for one year.  Every time your cat receives the rabies vaccine booster after the first time, the vaccine will be good for 1-3 years, depending on the vaccine they receive.  A one year rabies  is an additional $12 at the time of spay/neuter surgery at The PAWS Clinic, and a three year rabies vaccines is an additional $15 at the time of surgery

Feline Leukemia (FeLV): This vaccine is often recommended by veterinarians for cats who go outdoors or are in contact with other cats. This vaccine is designed to help protect cats from exposure to feline leukemia and is given in a series 2-4 weeks apart. It is recommended that your cat get a FeLV test (especially if she’s a stray cat) before the vaccine is administered.   The PAWS Clinic offers the FeLV test as part of the “combo” test for feline leukemia and FIV, but does not offer the feline leukemia vaccine.

Dogs

DHPP: The distemper vaccine, included as part of a four way vaccine, protects your dog against four different diseases common to dogs, including distemper and parvo. (The vaccine protects against distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.) The first time your dog receives the four way vaccine, the vaccine may need to be boostered (repeated) 2-4 weeks later, but you should check with your regular, personal vet to find out for sure. This vaccination is typically boostered by your private veterinarian annually. This vaccine is an additional $15 at the time of the spay/neuter surgery.

Rabies: This vaccine is generally recommended for dogs 12 weeks or older.  The PAWS Clinic requires any of our patients 12 weeks or older to already have a current rabies vaccine, or to receive  one on the  day of surgery.  Rabies vaccines for dogs are required by Michigan law. The first time your dog is vaccinated for rabies, the vaccine will be good for one year.  Every time your dog receives the rabies vaccine booster after the first time, the vaccine will be good for 1-3 years, depending on the vaccine they receive.  A one year rabies  is an additional $12 at the time of spay/neuter surgery at The PAWS Clinic, and a three year rabies vaccines is an additional $15 at the time of surgery.

Bordetella: This vaccine protects your dog against kennel cough, a highly contagious cough commonly seen in boarding or grooming situations. It is often recommended if your dog is boarded, hospitalized, may come into contact with other animals, etc. Many veterinarians, boarding and grooming facilities require this vaccination. Depending on the type of vaccine given (SQ injection or IN), this vaccine may need to be boostered (repeated), but you should check with your regular, personal vet to find out for sure. This vaccine is an additional $15 at the time of the spay/neuter surgery.