Dr. Bruce's Animal Hospital

Vaccines for Your Dogs and Cats

Having your dog or cat vaccinated is one of the most vital things that you can do as a pet owner to ensure their long-term health. Both cats and dogs can be exposed to illnesses from flea or tick bites, and other environmental factors, so it’s important that we help build the immune system of our furry loved ones before they become ill. Since pets often don’t show any signs of being ill until their sickness is advanced, it’s important that we help protect their health early on.

Vaccines help the immune system of your dog or cat by preparing it to fight a specific disease or set of diseases. The vaccine helps to stimulate your pet’s immune system so that if the disease actually tries to attack, your pet will be properly prepared to defend itself.

One of the fears many pet owners have is whether or not vaccines will harm their dog or cat. We understand that, and therefore created a vaccination protocol based on recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). One of the other factors we take into consideration is your pet’s lifestyle.

Our Free Vaccines for Life Program

Just like you are, we’re dedicated to the health of your pet. We know that their long-term health depends on illness prevention. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! One of the ways that we have decided to help our clients is with our Free Vaccines for Life Program, which you can read about here. With this program, dog or cat owners can pay a one-time fee of $159 to enroll their pet. It covers four essential vaccines for dogs, and two for cats.

Instead of paying anywhere from $20 to $26 per vaccination, all you do is pay $159 one time, and receive all vaccines for free for the life of your pet, making it an excellent investment into your pet’s long-term health.

Florida State Laws Regarding the Rabies Vaccine

Laws vary from state-to-state regarding the time when a dog or cat should receive specific vaccines. As a licensed veterinarian in the state of Florida, we’ll make sure that your furry loved one is taken care of according to their health needs and state law. In the rare case that a vet decides that a pet’s health would be endangered due to a unique medical consideration, then a vaccination wouldn’t be administered.

In the vast majority of cases, however, dogs and cats are given a rabies vaccine at 4 months of age, with a booster shot given a year later. You’ll receive a schedule for your pet’s next vaccines, so that you can schedule your appointment in advance.

Be Proactive: Schedule in Advance!

Our staff loves your pets like our own, and we want to see them on a regular basis. Just like your doctor schedules you for an annual physical, your dogs and cats should be in to see Dr. Bruce each year. By scheduling your appointments in advance, you’re ensuring that you have a day and time reserved just in case you’re catching our office during a busy time. When you schedule regular physical examinations for your pets, you’re making a fantastic decision for your pet’s health.

The annual appointment is a great time to bring up any questions or concerns you might have, and so that Dr. Bruce can help make sure that your dog or cat is receiving the best care possible.

If you have questions about what vaccines your dog or cat needs, or are unsure about an area of your pet’s health, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 954-448-7600.

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Dr. Bruce's Animal Hospital

8696 Griffin Road
Cooper City, FL 33328

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