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Cats and Dogs Vaccinations from Veterinary Clinic in Jacksonville FL

Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations from Veterinary Clinic in Jacksonville FL

Vaccinations are essential to puppy and kitten health in Jacksonville, FL

Just like human babies, newborn cats and dogs receive antibodies from their mothers. These proteins in the blood recognize and counteract antigens – bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances – helping the infant stay well at this vulnerable stage. Antibodies begin to deplete starting from about 6 weeks of age. Now it is time for the puppy or kitten to start building its own immunity system. Puppy and kitten vaccinations from San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL boost baby’s ability to fight disease.

Dr. Venkat Gutta recommends that all puppies receive core vaccinations:

  • Rabies – Required by state law. We usually start puppies with a one-year dose, then go to a three-year booster.
  • Distemper – Initial vaccination: starting as early as 6 weeks of age.
  • Booster – A single dose of a combination vaccine should be given within 1 year of the last dose of the initial vaccination.
  • Parvovirus – Follows the same dosing schedule as distemper.
  • Adenovirus (canine hepatitis) – Spread by infected urine and feces, this disease can lead to liver damage and death. It also follows the distemper immunization schedule.

Other non-core vaccinations that might be beneficial include parainfluenza, Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough), Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.

Fit felines

Kittens also need immunizations to grow up strong:

  • Rabies – Florida statute 828.30 requires that cats be vaccinated. This is administered in two doses, a year apart, then on a three-year rotation – as are most feline core vaccinations.
  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper) – Very contagious and a common cause of death in kittens.
  • Feline herpesvirus – Another contagious disease that attacks the upper respiratory system.
  • Calicivirus – This respiratory condition comes with joint pain, mouth ulcers, fever, and anorexia.

Conscientious pet owners may want to consider non-core feline leukemia virus and Bordetella vaccines, for their kittens.

Tailored treatment

We weigh many factors to design a vaccination plan that protects your pet, but poses no unnecessary risk – pet’s age at time of vaccination, existing medical and physical conditions, presence of other animals in the household, exposure to disease, and more.

Put your new best friend on the path to lifetime wellness with puppy and kitten vaccinations. Call San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL at 904-516-9767.

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 patients 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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