Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available.
- All dogs, cats, and ferrets within Clark County are required to be vaccinated for rabies
at 3 months of age, and as needed thereafter. The first vaccination is good for one
year and subsequent vaccinations are good for three years.
- Rabies is a zoonotic disease (can infect humans) caused by a virus that is transmitted
through the saliva of an infected animal. It is 100% fatal once contracted.
- Vaccines help prevent many contagious illnesses, including ones that can be fatal, that pets may encounter if they are outdoors at all, socialize with other animals in public places, or travel with you.
- Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to certain contagious diseases and should receive their first vaccines for preventative care within 6-8 weeks of birth. These vaccines are recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association:
- DA2PPV – distemper, adenovirus I & II, parainfluenza, parvovirus (All five vaccines given in one shot)
- Bordetella – to protect against kennel cough
- DA2PPV – feline viral rhinotrachetitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydia (All four in one shot)
Additional Available Vaccinations
Dogs also are susceptible to the flu, this vaccine may be recommended for boarding, grooming, or dog park interactions. This will need to be boostered 4 weeks after the initial vaccine.West Russell Animal Hospital requires canine influenza vaccine for boarding.
This is a vaccine recommended for dogs that will be hiking, camping, and generally playing in bodies of water as a way to help protect against this possibly fatal disease. Leptospirosis vaccination can be given at 12 weeks of age followed by a booster in 4 weeks.
This vaccine may be recommended if your dog will be spending time in tick-endemic areas (the east coast, forested areas).
This is a vaccine intended for kittens, especially recommended if planning on allowing them outside. Prior to vaccinating a SNAP test should be run to see if the kitten is already positive with the disease. This vaccine should be given at 8 and 12 weeks.
Canine Rattlesnake Vaccine
This vaccine can be useful in decreasing the effects of the western diamondback rattlesnake venom. It is usually only recommended if the dog has frequent encounters with rattlesnakes. If a vaccinated dog experiences envenomation they will still likely need some medical intervention, the severity of the effects of the venom is only decreased with this vaccine.