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Vaccinations to keep your animal healthy explained by Jacksonville, Florida vet

Animals are susceptible to a variety of illnesses, just like humans are. While the specific illnesses are different than those that affect humans, several pet ailments can cause your dog or cat to become severely ill or even die. The great news is that we have effective vaccines for many of the common pet diseases, and they can help protect your kitten or puppy from a very early age. At San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, we work with pet owners to develop the best vaccination schedule for their specific animals and needs.

Animal Vaccinations in Jacksonville FL Area

American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) recommended vaccines

The AVMA has developed guidelines for when puppies and kittens should be vaccinated and when their booster shots should be given as they grow older.

Dogs should receive the following vaccines:

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvo/Parainfluenza (DAPP): This combination vaccine helps prevent several serious illnesses that can affect dogs. The first vaccine is typically given at six to eight weeks of age, and then boosters are needed every three weeks until your puppy is 16-19 weeks old. Thereafter, annual or 3-year boosters are recommended.
  • Rabies: This vaccine is required by state law, and a one-year dose is typically given at 12 weeks old. Thereafter, we can switch to a 3-year booster.
  • Bordetella, influenza, leptospirosis, and other vaccinations based on your dog’s lifestyle, this vaccine may also be recommended. For example, the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is important if your dog will be boarded at a kennel.

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Kittens should receive the following vaccines:

  • Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (FVRCP): This combination vaccine helps prevent several serious illnesses that can affect cats. The first vaccine is typically given at six to eight weeks of age, and then boosters are needed thereafter.
  • Rabies: This is required by state law, and like for dogs, we typically give a one-year dose at 12 weeks, followed by a 3-year booster thereafter.
  • Rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus) and Calicivirus vaccines both help prevent contagious respiratory viruses.
  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is a severe illness that can affect kittens and is a common cause of death.

Schedule your pet’s vaccinations today

If you have just gotten a new puppy or kitten or your pet is due for booster shots, please call San Marco Animal Hospital today to schedule their vaccinations. Our Jacksonville, FL office can be reached at 904-516-9767.

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Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Wonderful and very caring service. This hospital rate's are extremely fair and reasonable, they only perform the necessary testing needed unlike other vet places I have been to. I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills of the doctor. I finally found my new vet here in Florida! Lila and Gomez thank you!
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I took my cat to San Marco Animal Hospital and would highly recommend them. Dr. Gutta spent quite a bit of time talking to me about my cat’s health and preventative care. The staff was friendly and even called to check on my cat after his vaccines. Excellent service, and caring providers!
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