Pet Vaccinations

Vaccines are an important part of your pet’s overall health. If you are a resident of Virginia Beach, an annual rabies vaccine is required to obtain your pet license. It is usually easiest to have this vaccine administered at the time of your pet’s annual examination.

Another serious and contagious illness is kennel cough, a disease linked to the bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. We recommend the vaccine against kennel cough based on the frequency your pet is boarded, groomed, or around other animals.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Guidelines, not all pets are alike and that’s why there cannot be one vaccine program for all pets. Selections must be adjusted to consider important factors like age, health status, geographic location, frequency of travel, and certain exposure risks. Ask us for more information on which vaccines are best for your pet.

Dog Vaccinations

Yearly

  • Bordetella—This vaccination protects against kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease.
  • Leptospirosis—This potentially fatal bacterial infection can spread to humans and can cause damage to your pet’s internal organs.
  • Lyme disease—This tick-borne disease has been on the rise in our area and recent estimates suggest that one in nine dogs are infected with Lyme disease. As with humans, Lyme disease can be very debilitating and have long-term effects with pets.
  • Canine influenza—Dog flu is a respiratory infection similar to human influenza but is not caused by the same virus.

Every three years

  • Distemper combination—This vaccination protects against several different diseases that affect dogs, including canine distemperparvovirusparainfluenza, and hepatitis.
  • Rabies—Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. It is typically spread through a bite wound and can jump across different species of animals including humans.

Cat Vaccinations

Yearly

  • Feline leukemia —As one of the most common causes of diagnosed illness and death in domestic cats, this disease attacks the cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to infections and diseases.
  • Rabies—Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. It is typically spread through a bite wound and can jump across different species of animals including humans.

Every three years

Fleas and Ticks

Great Neck Veterinary Clinic believes your pet needs to be protected from fleas, intestinal parasites, and heartworms year-round. Fleas and ticks are problematic through every season in Virginia—not just during hot and humid summer months. By using preventives, you are not only safeguarding them from many various parasites but also your family, due to the close proximity we keep with the four-legged members of our family.

If you leave yourselves unguarded, parasites can cause serious illness and, in some cases, death. Fortunately, these parasites can be prevented using monthly tablets or topical solutions. If you bring your pet to our hospital, we can provide you with an assortment of superior quality preventives and help you choose the safest, most effective ones for your pet and your household. We base our prescription on your pet’s lifestyle and unique needs.

Have questions about pet vaccinations?

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