At Heritage Veterinary Hospital, we’re proud to offer every one of our patients comprehensive, compassionate veterinary care. We know that pets aren’t just animals; they’re also loyal companions and a vital part of your family. That’s why we treat your pet as if they’re one of our own, giving them the care and attention they deserve.
Our dedicated staff members have made it their goal to optimize your pet’s health and well-being. We want you and your pet to enjoy many happy years together and at Heritage Veterinary Hospital we’re proud to help accomplish this by offering complete pet vaccinations in St. Louis and Surrounding areas.
Why You Should Get Your Pet Vaccinated
Our vets believe in the power of preventative care. Many serious illnesses can be avoided by taking the proper precautions and the first step in this process is getting your companion the proper vaccinations. Talk with our experienced veterinarians to design a customized vaccination schedule for your dog or cat.
Vaccinations are designed to supply your pet’s immune system with essential antibodies. These antibodies offer an additional layer of protection against potentially fatal illnesses such as rabies, Lyme, and Bordetella. You’ll be helping your pet live a longer, healthier life, when you get them vaccinated. Some of the life-threatening diseases vaccines prevent can also be contracted to humans.
Our Pet Vaccinations
We both core and lifestyle vaccines for your pet. Our veterinarians will develop a tailored vaccination protocol based on your pet’s individual needs. Our vaccines include:
- Rabies – required by law for all cats and dogs
- DHPP – canine distemper; highly recommended for all dogs
- Leptospirosis – typically combined with DHPP (DHLPP); highly recommended for dogs who hike, hunt, or are otherwise frequently outdoors
- Bordetella – “kennel cough”; recommended for dogs who often board
- Canine influenza – recommended for those who frequent dog parks, boarding facilities, daycare, etc.
- Lyme – recommended for pets who travel to Lyme-infested areas
- FVRCP – feline distemper; highly recommended for all cats
- FeLV – feline leukemia; highly recommended for outdoor cats
Canine Influenza: Protecting Your Dog from the Flu
Canine influenza is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system similar to our flu virus. However, canine flu is specific to dogs and cannot be passed to us. It exists as two strains and, as an airborne virus, is highly infectious between dogs. While it is not a core vaccine necessary for every dog, our bivalent canine influenza vaccine (CIV) is highly recommended. Without it your pet is susceptible to infection—and treatment is much costlier than prevention. The CIV vaccine is very important for any pet who frequents dog parks, boarding facilities, daycare, or groomers.
How Our Vaccinations Set Us Apart
When we create a vaccination protocol for your pet, we customize it to your pet’s specific needs. Our vets know that one size does not fit all when it comes to medical care. We tailor vaccination schedules based on your pet’s age, activity level, health status, and the likelihood of exposure. New puppies and kittens will receive their first round of vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks and adult pets can either be seen for maintenance shots annually or every three years. To schedule your pet’s vaccinations at Heritage Veterinary Hospital, you can contact us by phone or e-mail. We hope to see you soon!