Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations

Just like people, pet vaccinations need to be regular to strengthen vulnerable immune systems and reduce the spread of harmful diseases. Pet vaccination originally came about to protect pets from diseases that were common at the time, such as canine distemper, canine parvo and feline panleukopenia. When pet vaccines were produced for these diseases, they effectively and dramatically reduced the disease so they are rarely encountered in the modern age. Pet vaccinations now help to keep these diseases off the map while also reducing the spread of common pet diseases such as Rabies. Both dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations have recommended schedules for when they should be received. Some pet vaccines need to be administered yearly or bi-yearly to effectively protect pets from disease.

In 2006, the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Task Force published a revised version of guidelines regarding canine vaccinations. The guidelines divide vaccines into three categories—core, non-core and not recommended.

Canine Vaccination Protocol

Pet vaccinations at Veterinary Clinic in Scarsdale The recommended schedule for a puppy begins with core vaccinations for canine distemper, hepatitis, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvovirus at 6 -8 weeks of age. These vaccinations need to be boostered for greatest immunity from these infectious diseases at 3 - 4 week intervals until the puppy reaches 16 weeks  old.  At 12 weeks old, a puppy should receive a vaccine for rabies, which is mandated by Missouri State law.  The following year, these vaccinations are repeated, and after that, dogs generally should receive a booster for the distemper series on a yearly basis and be vaccinated against rabies every three years.   

Non-core vaccinations include Bordetella bronchiseptica  (Kennel Cough), Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme) and Leptospira bacteria. These vaccinations are available for pets who are at increased risk of exposure to these diseases but are not recommended for all pets.

Feline Vaccination Protocol

Kittens, like puppies, receive proper immune system building vaccination from their mother's milk (if the mother has been vaccinated  properly) during the nursing period. This period usually ends after about 6 - 8  weeks of age, at which point you should put your kitten on a regular vaccine schedule. At 6-8 weeks old, kittens should receive a vaccination commonly known as FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia-Chlamydia Psittaci Vaccine).  This vaccine needs to be boostered at 3 - 4 week intervals until the kitten reaches 16 weeks old.   At 12 weeks old, the kitten should also be vaccinated against rabies, which is mandated by Missouri State law.  If your cat goes outside, a vaccination for feline leukemia should also be administered.  After this, your cat should be on a regular examination schedule every year where risk and vaccination need will be evaluated.

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  • "We have a new 8 week Boston Terrier that we took to Springfield Vet yesterday for the first time. Absolutely pleased with the service, attitudes and genuine care shown to our little boy. The whole team was so professional, but took time to talk to you and explain everything. Dr Cynthia Wiseman is so wonderful, she sat in the floor did Logan's exam and played with him. What bedside manners. I will continue to use them, I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a caring and professional vet."
    Roi W.
  • "We absolutely love this vet clinic and the staff! The facilities are modern and always clean. Everyone is always so friendly and genuinely care for you and your animal- they make you feel as if you are apart of their family.

    Our boy, Samson, is a Rottie (and quite the problem child). We are usually in the clinic almost every other month for something and they are always so helpful and show great care and love for our pup! We are very picky/protective puppy parents, so we were very grateful to have found both Dr. Cynthia and Dr. Heath shortly after getting Samson.

    We have definitely found our "home" in the vet world, and would highly recommend to anyone who is currently looking!"
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  • "I have taken my dog here since he was a puppy. The staff are so friendly and caring, a very clean place and they always get us in quickly. When we come in no one passes us without greeting my dog and I and they're never in a rush to get us out of there."
    ShealynR.
  • "We decided to start taking our new kitty here this past fall and we love it! He was not on his best behavior (to say the least) for his first appointment, and the staff was so patient and was still able to safely run his bloodwork and give him his vaccinations. Every service has been reasonably priced, and they did everything they possibly could to make sure that our little guy was off to a healthy start after we adopted him. What I love is that they really seem to focus on the small details, too, like trimming our cat's nails after remembering that I had expressed interest in doing so at a previous appointment, or supplementing his flea treatment with something to safely speed up the process. We will definitely keep coming here as long as we live in Springfield!"
    Megan J.
  • "I have been taking my dog to SVC since 2012 and when I adopted my cat in 2015. I have never had a bad experience. We have seen Drs. Heath & Cynthia Wiseman and I love them both. Always professional, always take their time when looking my pets over, asking questions, and answering mine."
    Katherine P.
  • "We’ve been taking our Moose there for a few years now. After swallowing a toy when he was a puppy, getting fixed, having surgery on his eyelids a couple times, and most recently having a breed specific illness; I can I say I would recommend everyone to go here. They’ve taken the best care of our boy time and time again and went above and beyond."
    Ashley J.
  • "We’ve been taking our Moose there for a few years now. After swallowing a toy when he was a puppy, getting fixed, having surgery on his eyelids a couple times, and most recently having a breed specific illness; I can I say I would recommend everyone to go here. They’ve taken the best care of our boy time and time again and went above and beyond."
    Ashley J.
  • "Pleasant staff.,very informative. Great environment for your pets, including own room for cats to play so as they aren't stressed out."
    Cheryl K.
  • "Dr. Cynthia Wiseman has helped my little Shiba dog with chronic hip problems tremendously with consistent acupuncture therapy! So thankful for this practice and the high quality of care they offer my pets!"
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