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At Dessau Veterinary Clinic, we don't want a single pet to suffer from an illness that could have been prevented. Thanks to modern veterinary medicine, we now have vaccines that protect dogs, cats, and other pets from devastating diseases like rabies, distemper, and feline leukemia. Regular vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent these diseases, and our veterinarians are very passionate about keeping all our patients up-to-date on these life-saving shots.
Does your dog or cat need to be vaccinated? Learn which vaccines they'll need to keep their immune systems defended for life.
Our youngest pets are much more vulnerable to contagious diseases and infections, so it's important to protect them as soon as their bodies are ready. Good preventative care starts soon after birth, but your puppy or kitten should receive their first vaccinations at 8 weeks. Your vet will recommend a follow-up schedule of booster shots in the following weeks and months, depending on your pet's needs.
Rabies is a fatal neurological disease that pets can still contract from other infected animals, and pets who spend time outdoors face higher risks. To protect the state's people and pets from rabid animals, all dogs and cats in Texas are required to have valid rabies vaccinations. If your pet is behind on their rabies vaccine, come to our North Austin veterinary clinic to get them up-to-date right away. Our veterinarian will provide the one-year or three-year vaccine, depending on your pet's previous vaccination records, and give you an official license and number that proves you comply with state law.
Rabies isn't the only disease that's too contagious, common, and deadly to ignore. In addition to the rabies vaccine, adult dogs need core vaccines to protect them from the following viral diseases:
Some dogs come into contact with others pets regularly, exposing them to additional disease risks. Ask our North Austin veterinarian if your dog should get the Bordetella vaccine, rattlesnake venom vaccine, or any other non-core dog vaccine.
Cats need core vaccinations to prevent the following diseases:
If your cat spends time in boarding facilities or outdoors, your veterinarian may also recommend non-core vaccines such as Bordetella.
Vaccinations only work for a set number of months or years, so your pets will need additional vaccines throughout their lifetime to retain their immunity. Protect your pet today by scheduling an appointment with our North Austin veterinarian. We serve families throughout Austin and Pflugerville.