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Vaccination is a necessary procedure to protect the health of your pet. As more is learned about disease and the immune system, vaccine recommendations change. At Wilderness Animal Hospital, we take vaccination very seriously and think using the highest quality vaccine and only giving the vaccines necessary for your pet’s lifestyle is very important.
We follow the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Association of Feline Practitioners and Washington State University when deciding what vaccines may be necessary for your pet.
We have chosen to use Pfizer and Merial vaccines for dogs. Both companies produce high quality vaccines that in our experience have fewer vaccine reactions then other brands. In addition, Pfizer- who produces our DAPP vaccine, supports the newer 3 year vaccine recommendations.
Ø DAPP- Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvo and Parainfluenza- Recommended for all dogs.
o Initial vaccine series every 3-4 weeks between 6 and 16 weeks of age then booster in 1 year.
o Booster every 3 years for adults.
Ø Rabies- recommended for all dogs.
o First vaccine good for 1 year, then give every 3 years
Ø Bordetella- optional- for dogs at risk. Boarding, dog parks, groomers, doggie day care and dog shows.
o 6-12 months depending on level of risk. Vaccine gives 6-9 months of protection
o Best to booster at least 1 week prior to possible exposure (boarding, dog show, etc.)
o The vaccine we use is given into the nose and gives protection within 48 hours, and doesn’t make the dog as sick after the injection.
Ø Leptospirosis- optional- for dogs at risk. Living near wildlife (rats, raccoons, deer, elk)
o Vaccinate once yearly, because leptospirosis is a bacteria.
o Slightly higher risk of vaccine reactions, although newer vaccine considered safer.
o We use newer vaccine that contains protection against four types of leptospirosis bacteria
Ø We do not recommend corona virus or lyme vaccine at this time.
We have chosen Merial vaccinations for cats. Merial uses technology to make vaccines that are thought to be less likely to cause tumors after vaccination, improve immunity against the disease and in our experience decrease the risk of vaccine reactions, such as drowsiness or fever.
Ø FVRCP (modified live virus vaccine)- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, pneumonitis (upper respiratory vaccine)
o Initial vaccine series every 3-4 weeks between 6 to 16 weeks of age then booster in 1 year. Booster every 3 years for adults.
o As often as yearly for high risk cats: outdoors, cattery, etc.
Ø Rabies (canarypox vector vaccine)- all cats recommend to vaccinate
o New non adjuvanted vaccine, given annually
Ø Feline Leukemia(canarypox vector vaccine)-
o All kittens under 1 year of age since there is a risk any kitten might sneak outdoors.
§ When time for annual booster, if cat is indeed indoor only, there is no need to booster.
o All outdoor cats or cats housed with outdoor cats are at risk
o Cats should be tested negative prior to vaccination.
o Vaccinate annually after initial two booster set until 6 years of age, then at 9 years of age.
Ø We do not recommend FIV, FIP vaccines
Ø We do not recommend or use any killed type vaccines on cats as this has been shown to be associated with vaccine associated tumor formation
v Lower priced clinics may use low price vaccines and continue to recommend annual booster of DAPP and FVRCP. These practices may not afford as good of protection for your pet, may have a higher risk of post vaccine reaction and may put cats at a higher risk of post vaccine tumor formation.
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Doctor always on premises during hours of operation
Closed for staff meeting second Tuesday of the month from noon to 2 pm.
For after hours emergencies please call either:
BluePearl Veterinary Partners (formerly ACCES) in Renton -
206-364-1660, then press 2
Seattle Veterinary Specialists, Kirkland
I really like the staff and our vet Melanie at Wilderness Animal Hospital,!they are very courteous and informative. I will be recommending this to all of my friends.