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Pet Vaccinations in Annandale

As a child, you likely received vaccinations to keep you protected from conditions such as the flu, tetanus, measles, and Hepatitis. But did you know that pets need to be vaccinated, too? At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital in Annandale, we recommend regularly scheduled vaccinations for all of our canine and feline patients. Pet vaccinations are your pet’s best defense against rabies, distemper, Lyme disease, and influenza, to name a few. Vaccines are easy to administer, and can last several years. Nothing’s more important to us than your pet’s health and your satisfaction—vaccinations are integral to your loved one’s longevity, and we want you to enjoy as many years together as possible.

Pet Vaccinations and Protocol

We offer all the essential and lifestyle vaccinations pets need to stay healthy and protected from harmful pathogens. Core vaccines are required for your pet’s ongoing wellness, while non-core vaccines are given according to their lifestyle. Our core and non-core vaccines include:

Pet Vaccinations in Annandale

Dogs

  • Rabies (core)
  • Distemper (core)
  • Lyme (non-core)
  • Bordetella (non-core, required for boarding, daycare, grooming, dog park)
  • Canine influenza (non-core, required for boarding, daycare, grooming, and dog park)

Cats

  • Rabies (core, we offer traditional and PUREVAX)
  • Feline distemper (FVRCP, core)
  • Feline leukemia (non-core)

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Ideally, we recommend that puppies and kittens receive their first distemper vaccine between 6 and 8 weeks of age. Additional boosters should be given every 3 to 4 weeks, until they are 12-16 weeks old. At this time, they can receive their rabies vaccination. The initial rabies vaccine lasts a year, and subsequent rabies vaccines last 3 years. Canine influenza and Bordetella require a follow-up vaccine to offer adequate protection.

What Vaccines Are Right for Your Pet?

Choosing a vaccination plan for your pet takes place during the wellness exam, in which we evaluate your animal companion’s breed, gender, weight/size, home environment, frequency of travel, and other lifestyle factors. This helps us determine their risk of exposure to certain parasites and viruses, and thus what vaccinations they’ll need to stay protected. We’ll be more than happy to discuss the characteristics and benefits of your pet’s required vaccines. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (703) 256-8414. We look forward to seeing you and your four-legged family member!

Pet Vaccinations in Annandale