Pet Vaccinations Protect Your Pet & the Schertz Community Vaccinations are a key part of your pet’s preventative care plan. Pet vaccinations protect against diseases that are difficult or impossible to treat. Some diseases are also zoonotic, meaning they can be transferred to your human family, too. With consistent vaccinations, both the pet and human community of Schertz is that much safer from disease. At Schertz Animal Hospital, we develop a specific vaccination protocol for your pet that meets all their needs and keeps them (and your family) as healthy as possible. Is Your Pet Due for Vaccines? Make an Appointment Why Does My Indoor-Only Pet Need Vaccinations? Diseases are not only spread by close animal contact. Many of the viruses and bacteria that cause disease are resilient and able to live in the environment on various surfaces for a significant amount of time. With this in mind, your indoor-only pet can still come in contact with them in the following ways: Sharing food/water bowls with an infected animal Contact with an infected animal through screens or screen doors Via your hands or clothing after you interact with an infected animal Escaping and coming into contact with wild animals or infected pets Vaccines We Offer Whether your pet is indoor, outdoor, or somewhere in between, pet vaccinations are a vital safeguard against disease. At Schertz Animal Hospital, we develop a vaccination protocol based on your pet’s lifestyle and level of exposure so they only receive the vaccines they actually need. The vaccines we offer include: Dog Vaccinations Core Rabies DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) Bordetella (“kennel cough”) Noncore Canine influenza Rattlesnake Vaccine Cat Vaccinations Core Rabies FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) Noncore Feline leukemia Lifelong Vaccines Make for a Lifetime of Health Your pet’s vaccinations will begin when they are still a puppy or kitten. As they are weaned off their mother’s milk, they lose the vital antibodies that protect them from disease. With a series of vaccinations during their first year, their immune system receives the boost it needs to keep them healthy. Thereafter, adult cats and dogs will need routine boosters to keep their immunity up. The timeline for vaccines is as follows: Puppies & Adult Dogs Rabies – one dose at 12 weeks of age, then again at 1 year of age Adults: Annual boosters DHLPP – first dose at 6 weeks of age, then boosters at 9 and 12 weeks, followed by a parvo-only booster at 16 weeks Adults: Annual boosters Bordetella – oral vaccine given at 6 weeks of age, then another dose 3 weeks later Adults: 6-month boosters (depending on lifestyle) Canine influenza – first dose given at 12 weeks of age, then again at 16 weeks of age Adults: Annual boosters (depending on lifestyle) Rattlesnake vaccine – first dose given at 12 weeks of age, then again at 16 weeks of age Adults: Annual boosters (depending on lifestyle) Kittens & Adult Cats Rabies – one dose at 12 weeks of age, then again at 1 year of age Adults: Annual boosters FVRCP – one dose at 6 weeks of age, then boosters at 9 and 12 weeks Adults: Annual boosters Feline leukemia – at 6 weeks of age, we test kittens for feline leukemia. As long as the test is negative, they’ll receive their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age, and get one booster between 9 and 10 weeks. Adults: Annual boosters (depending on lifestyle) What All the Bark is About... Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful! I can't say enough good things about Schertz Animal Hospital. - Chris L.