Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Raleigh, NC
At Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic in Raleigh, NC, 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.
Pet 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.