At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center, we understand the critical role vaccinations play in ensuring the health and well-being of your pets. Our comprehensive pet vaccination service covers a range of essential vaccines designed to protect your pets.

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Core Vaccines: Safeguarding Your Pet’s Health

Core vaccines are fundamental, administered to every pet in our care, and often required by law due to their importance to public health and pet well-being.

Rabies Vaccination

  • A viral disease with potential dangers to the public and fatal consequences for cats and dogs.
  • State-mandated, requiring vaccination for dogs by the age of three months, with additional requirements for cats in Multnomah county.
  • Paws & Claws ensures all our patients receive proper rabies vaccinations.

Distemper Vaccination

  • Both cats and dogs need protection against distemper, with variations for each species.
  • Administered alongside other diseases in combination vaccinations (DHPP for dogs, FVRCP for cats).

Canine Hepatitis, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Herpesvirus Type I

  • Essential components included in combination Distemper vaccines for dogs and cats.

Non-Core Vaccines: Tailored Protection for Specific Needs

Tailoring our vaccination approach, we offer non-core vaccines to address specific risks based on your pet’s lifestyle and environment.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccination

  • Essential for dogs in social settings like dog parks or kennels.
  • Highly contagious, and reputable kennels often require proof of vaccination.

Leptospirosis Vaccination

  • Recommended for dogs spending time in areas with wildlife.
  • Transmitted through the urine of wildlife, it poses a risk to both animals and humans.
  • Can cause severe organ damage and is potentially fatal if left untreated.

Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Vaccination

  • Crucial for outdoor cats to prevent retrovirus transmission through saliva and bodily fluids.
  • Known to weaken the immune system and has been linked to cancer in cats.

When is it Necessary to Vaccinate Your Pet?

Vaccinating your pet is a fundamental responsibility for any dog or cat owner. The timing is crucial, with puppies and kittens requiring vaccinations at an early age. Regular check-ups and discussions with our veterinarians can help determine the optimal vaccination plan for your pet, addressing their specific needs and potential exposure to diseases.