Safe and Effective Pet Vaccinations
At Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic in Raleigh, your pet’s health and safety are our top priorities. That's why our vets always use the latest and safest pet vaccinations to minimize risk and deliver the most effective protection for your cats and dogs.
Vaccinations We Offer
At Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic, we want to give your pet the best chance at a long and happy life by providing the vaccines they need. Every pet vaccination protects against a specific disease or set of diseases. Some of them we highly recommend for all pets, and these are called "core" vaccines. Others are "noncore" vaccines, and we will recommend them based on your pet's lifestyle.
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What Makes a Vaccine Safer
Reactions to pet vaccinations are uncommon, but we make sure to minimize the risk as much as possible by offering your pets the safest vaccines.
For cats, we offer non-adjuvanted vaccines. Cats are sensitive to adjuvants which are chemicals added to a vaccine to increase the body’s immune response. Non-adjuvanted vaccines have a greatly reduced risk of reaction in cats. In fact, our feline distemper vaccine, FVRCP, is a safe and effective intranasal which completely eliminates the risk of Injection Sight Sarcoma.
Meanwhile, for dogs, we give them a non-mercury rabies vaccine. Canine rabies vaccines often have a mercury derivative, thimerosal, added as a preservative. Yet, mercury is harmful to dogs, just like it is to us, which is why we only use non-thimerosal rabies vaccines.
When Do I Need My Shots?
Dogs and cats both begin their initial vaccination series between 6-8 weeks of age. After that, they require regular boosters every 1 or 3 years (depending on the vaccine) to maintain their immunity.
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
- Bordetella aka “kennel cough” - While not necessarily "core," most boarding and grooming facilities (including ours!) require Bordetella since it is a highly contagious respiratory infection.
- Leptospirosis – This disease spreads through water or soil contaminated by an infected animal’s urine. We recommend it for dogs who are frequently outdoors.
- Lyme – Raleigh is home to every single type of tick, including the Asiatic Bull Tick (yuck!). While not all carry Lyme disease, we still recommend it for dogs who are often outdoors, particularly in wooded areas.
- Canine Influenza – We recommend canine flu for dogs who are often in contact with other dogs, whether at the dog park, daycare, training classes, or other social settings. Show dogs and pets that travel often have increased risks.
- Feline Leukemia – this disease is highly contagious and very dangerous since there is no cure. Outdoor cats who may come in contact with infected feral cats and cats in shelters, foster situations, and breeding facilities are all at risk.