At Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital, we follow preventive care and vaccination guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association. The importance of vaccinating your dog or cat cannot be overstated. Many of the diseases we vaccinate against can be life-threatening even with dedicated treatment, so an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound (or more) of cure! Some diseases, such as rabies or leptospirosis, can even be transmitted from pets to people, so making the choice to vaccinate your animal can help protect your entire family’s health, two-legged and four.

Vaccines are very safe and well-tolerated by most animals, and the benefits of vaccination almost always outweigh any small risk. If your pet has a history of vaccine reactions in the past, however, we are happy to work with you to devise a protocol that best protects your pet’s health while still ensuring that he or she maintains adequate immunity. Our doctors do offer vaccine titer testing upon request.

Canine Core Vaccines

  • Rabies
  • Parovirus (a very severe gastrointestinal virus)
  • Distemper (a highly contagious, often-fatal virus that causes respiratory and neurologic signs)
  • Adenovirus (a disease affecting the liver)
  • Leptospirosis (a bacteria found in the environment that causes severe kidney and liver damage)

Risk-based (conditional) canine vaccines include:

  • Kennel cough (Parainfluenza and Bordetella; usually required for boarding purposes)
  • Influenza (we offer both the H3N8 and the H3N2 strains)
  • Lyme disease (a tick borne disease that can cause serious illness)

Feline Core Vaccines

  • Rabies
  • Feline herpesvirus (a very common cause of upper respiratory disease)
  • Calcivirus (another upper respiratory pathogen)
  • Panleukopenia (a relative of parvovirus in dogs, which causes diarrhea and immunosuppression)

Risk-based (conditional) feline vaccines include:

  • Feline leukemia virus (a immunosuppressive virus that can cause cancer and secondary infections)

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about vaccination protocols or preventive care. Please give us a call at 636-458-6569 to discuss your pet’s specific needs.