Just as humans get their annual flu shot, we must have our pets vaccinated as well! From the time your pet is born, you should work with your veterinarian to manage a vaccination schedule that will keep your cat or dog safe and healthy throughout their life. 

Depending on where you live, the age of your pet, their breed, local laws, etc. your pet’s vaccination schedule may look different, and our skilled veterinarian team will help determine the best plan of action. 

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Pet

Many people ask, “Well, why should I vaccinate my cat or dog? Animals are so much tougher than humans!” While they may have stomachs of steel and react to illness differently than we do, there are still many infectious diseases that can affect cats and dogs severely. Some of which can be passed on to humans, like rabies, so it’s important to stay up to date with vaccinations.

Puppy Vaccinations

It’s especially important to get your puppy vaccinated, or make sure that when you adopt them they have received vaccinations with proper documentation. Puppies are very susceptible to disease, especially after they are weaned off their mother’s milk, which offers antibacterial properties. A few vaccines you want to make sure your puppy has are: 

  • Bordetella (aka Kennel Cough) – Respiratory disease
  • Canine Distemper – Respiratory and nervous system virus
  • Coronavirus (no, not COVID-19!) – Intestinal infection
  • Influenza – Similar to the human flu
  • Lyme Disease
  • Leptospirosis – Blood infection
  • Rabies

Adult Dog Vaccinations

Just like humans, dogs sometimes need booster shots to ensure that the vaccination is still effective. They also may be vaccinated against different types of infectious diseases than puppies. Here are a few vaccines your adult dog may require: 

  • Parvovirus – A gastrointestinal disease
  • Adenovirus – Liver and respiratory disease
  • Distemper Boosters
  • Rabies Boosters
  • Parainfluenza – Respiratory disease

Kitten & Cat Vaccinations

Some vaccines that may be recommended for your cat or kitten include:

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper)
  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
  • Rabies
  • FHV (Feline herpesvirus)

Do You Need to Get Your Cat or Dog Vaccinated? 

As you read through this, are you realizing that your pet hasn’t been vaccinated or seen a vet in a while? Bring them to Peninsula Pet Clinic where we can do a full examination in our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital to ensure they’re in peak health. Call us at (310) 833-1111 today to schedule your dog’s veterinarian appointment. We also accept walk-ins and offer emergency care!

I took my cat for a physical exam because she seemed sick and I’d heard really good aspects of this place. Fortunately, I did because they were so helpful, caring, understanding and knowledgable. I couldn’t have asked for better customer service and care for my cat from the staff and Dr. Van Volkenburgh. I’m so thankful for the care they gave to my baby girl and had no issues with my experience so I highly recommend coming here.

AV (Google Review)

Life savers!! My dogs fur started falling out in January. I called Peninsula Pet Clinic and Diana picked up the phone. I told her everything and she genuinely cared about my situation. She had me bring my dog up immediately and got him checked out. My dog was always scared of going into Veterinary clinics, but not this one. Everyone was so friendly we both felt at ease. I am blown away with this clinic. They have completely made us feel like part of the family. Bottom line, my dogs skin, and health are getting back to normal because Diana was so helpful and eager to get me in. I truly owe her and the rest of the staff a great deal of gratitude for everything they have done for Cody and I.

JM (Google Review)

Great staff & Vet. Very caring & professional, also accommodating. Dr. V was awesome. Highly recommend.

NN (Google Review)

We had an emergency on a Sunday with our precious English bulldog. We were welcomed right away and our dog was treated and quickly diagnosed as needing emergency surgery. The staff her stabilized our dog overnight so that we could take to our own surgeon the following morning. Our dog could of died if this kind vet clinic was not here for us on a Sunday. Can’t thank them enough.

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Dr. Van Volkenburgh is very knowledgeable, caring and dedicated. i took my cat there with a problem and she diagnosed it without lots of expensive testing. Highly recommend this vet. Staff is great. Also, like that they are open until 8pm everyday of the week.

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JM (Google Review)

Under the new ownership this place has changed a lot. Service got much better. Thank you Dr Anyes Van Volkenburgh for savings my time during appointments.

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