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Cats and Dogs Vaccinations from Veterinary Clinic in Jacksonville FL


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 have 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 beginning about six weeks of age. Now it is time for the little one to start building his own immunity system. Puppy and kitten vaccinations from San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL boost baby’s ability to fight disease.

“In the pink” puppies

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 – Two doses several weeks apart, then a booster at one year, progressing to a three-year dose.
  • 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 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 where 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 not only be approachable to his patients but also to ensure that his parents 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 the field of veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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