The Pet Hospital of MadisonThe Pet Hospital of Madison promotes life-long health in all ages of pets. Vaccinations are one important component of preventive health care for pets, and our veterinarians will assist you in evaluating your pet’s unique risk factors according to his or her species, breed, age, and activities in order to select the best vaccination protocol.

Pets’ first vaccinations begin when they are puppies or kittens and they receive boosters throughout their adult life. The diseases they are protected against are some of the most damaging and oftentimes fatal illnesses they can encounter.

Every pet is given a thorough physical examination prior to vaccinations to ensure the pet’s systems are healthy and able to receive the benefits of the vaccine.

How do pet vaccines work?

Similar to human vaccinations, pet vaccinations use the pet’s own immune system to provide protection against disease. Each vaccine contains a part of the disease-causing agent that cannot actually cause the disease but that will “teach” the pet’s immune system what to watch for and how to fight it. The pet’s immune system makes antibodies and retains a memory of the disease so that the pet’s system will eliminate the disease before it has a chance to make the pet sick.

My pet doesn’t go outside—does he or she still need vaccinations?

Yes. Pet diseases can be carried indoors on the clothing or shoes of the people living in the house. Regular vaccinations protect your pet whether he or she stays at home or travels the world.

Which vaccines does my pet need?

The veterinarians of The Pet Hospital of Madison will evaluate your pet’s species, breed, age, and risk factors to help you select the most appropriate and beneficial vaccinations. Our general recommendations for most pets include:

  • Adult Dogs
    • DHP-P combination—This vaccine protects dogs against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
    • Leptospirosis—Most commonly contracted when dogs come in contact with infected water, soil, or urine from another infected animal, Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria that can also spread to humans.
    • Bordetella—Also known as kennel cough, the bordetella vaccination protects pets from an upper respiratory disease that spreads when dogs come in contact with other infected dogs.
    • Rabies—Rabies is a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans. Vaccinating for rabies is mandated by state law.

  • Adult Cats
    • FVRCP combination—This vaccination protects cats from rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, and calicivirus.
    • Feline leukemia—With no cure for this debilitating and fatal disease, cats at risk benefit significantly from the protection offered by regular vaccination.
    • Rabies—This fatal disease can also afflict humans, and vaccination of pets is mandated by state law.

The veterinarians of The Pet Hospital of Madison will advise you on the best preventive measures for your pet. If you have any questions about vaccinations, please contact our hospital today.

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