At Companion Animal Medical Centre, we know every pet owner who visits our Milford veterinary practice loves their pet (or pets!). Every pet owner who walks through our doors wants to do everything they can to keep their pets healthy and happy for as long as possible.

We know this because we also love your pets and want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy!

Vaccinations play a key role in keeping cats and dogs safe and protected from disease and illness, but many pet owners may not understand the how, why, or when that goes into creating an effective vaccine schedule that keeps your pet safe from infectious disease while also minimizing the risk of adverse side effects.

Thankfully, the team at CAMC have a wealth of knowledge about the risks of exposure to infectious diseases your pet may face in their lifetime and have developed a schedule of vaccinations to minimize your pet’s risk from both infectious diseases and the complications that can occur.

A orange cat receiving a vaccination

Why You Should Have Your Pet Vaccinated at CAMC

Not all vaccinations are created equal.

Every year, adverse reactions to vaccinations are reported to the FDA and corresponding veterinary companies and with every new year, these adverse reactions must be researched and compared to previous reports to ensure the vaccinations being offered to your pet are both effective and unlikely to cause an adverse reaction.

Companion Animal Medical Centre carries Zoetis Animal Health vaccinations. While these vaccinations are more expensive when compared to other brands, these are the same vaccinations myself and my staff choose for their own pets due to their high quality and lack of adverse reactions. We have chosen the safest vaccinations on the market for your pets based on continued research.

In addition to offering high-quality vaccinations, we want you to be involved in your pet’s medical care and have the knowledge needed to make well-informed decisions regarding your pet’s health. This is why we always take the time to discuss your pet’s vaccinations with you and determine which vaccinations are warranted for your pet’s lifestyle and medical history.

If you choose to go to a vaccination clinic, mobile veterinary clinic, or even a corporately owned practice, there is a possibility the vaccination chosen by them was based on economics rather than safety. CAMC’s vaccination prices are competitive as we do not wish for clients to go to these other types of practices where their pet might get a lesser vaccination.

Being an integrative veterinarian, I also prescribe Thuja and Arnica homeopathic remedies to be given orally to your pet after each vaccination visit to provide an additional step in minimizing adverse events.

The Less is More Approach

The team at Companion Animal Medical Centre, including myself, prefers a less is more approach when it comes to vaccinations. Vaccinations make up a small part of what we do here at CAMC, but that does not mean we’d ever leave your pet unprotected from disease or severe illness.

Just as diseases that threaten humans, such as polio, have been virtually eliminated by vaccinations, there are also safe, effective vaccinations your pets need to protect them from specific diseases.

After obtaining a thorough history and performing a complete physical examination to assess their risk, we can implement a vaccination schedule for your beloved companion. With this up-to-date pet vaccination schedule, you will know you have done your part to help keep your furry friend free from costly or even life-threatening illnesses.

Which Vaccinations Should I Choose?

Vaccinations are one of the most important ways you can keep your pet healthy and free from disease.

However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccinations. Surprisingly, some veterinary practices near CAMC still vaccinate for everything every year, regardless of your pet’s medical history.

At Companion Animal Medical Centre, we will determine a vaccination protocol based on your pet’s lifestyle, susceptibility to disease, geographic location, previous vaccination history, and the most current recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association. If your pet’s lifestyle or medical history does not warrant a vaccination, they will not receive that vaccination. This allows us to spread out vaccinations to minimize adverse reactions.

CAMC’s goal is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet and allowing pet owners to be involved in the medical care of their pets.

What Is The Schedule For Vaccinations For Canines?

Companion Animal Medical Centre recommends all our canine patients receive core immunizations against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and rabies.

After the first series of immunizations are administered, we recommend some vaccinations be given every three years; beginning a year after completing the puppy series. Exceptions to the three-year protocol are leptospirosis and Bordetella vaccinations which are given yearly if a pet’s lifestyle warrants yearly vaccinations.

These are CAMC’s general recommendations for canines. Your dog’s vaccination schedule will be created based on their unique medical history.

What Is The Schedule For Vaccinations For Felines?

Companion Animal Medical Centre recommends all our indoor feline patients receive core immunizations against distemper, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, and rabies. Cats who go outdoors should also receive leukemia vaccinations.

After the first series of immunizations are administered, we recommend some vaccinations be given every two to three years, beginning a year after completing the kitten series.

Your cat’s vaccination schedule will be created based on their unique medical history.

If you’d like your pet to be vaccinated at Companion Animal Medical Centre, schedule their appointment today to get started.