Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Westfield & Carmel, IN

Vaccines are a crucial part of your pet’s wellness. They protect against dangerous, potentially fatal diseases. While widespread cat and dog vaccinations have led to a decrease in many of these diseases, it is still possible for any of them to become prevalent again. If people stop vaccinating their pets, many of the rare conditions we’ve put a stop to will start coming back, affecting more than just your pet but the whole pet population. Pet vaccinations are therefore necessary to protect the whole pet communities of Westfield and Carmel and their families. Call (317) 218-3142 to schedule an appointment.

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Vaccines and the Reasons Behind Them

Some diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis can affect humans as well as animals. However, most diseases are species-specific. For your cat or dog, we offer the latest vaccinations that help them stay healthy throughout their lives.

Dog vaccinations include:

This one is required by law in the State of Indiana. A deadly zoonotic disease, it spreads easily from the bite of an infected animal, even to humans.

DAPPL, or Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis. Each of these is highly contagious between dogs, and very often fatal. While Leptospirosis has typically been a non-core vaccine, it’s prevalence and ability to infect humans, is reason enough to add it to the core set.

Bordetella, or kennel cough. While it is a non-core vaccine, most boarding facilities and even groomers, require pets to be vaccinated before they come in for service. Furthermore, due to the highly contagious nature of kennel cough, dogs that frequent dog parks, training, or environments where they are in close contact with other dogs, will benefit significantly from the vaccine.

This, too, is a non-core pet vaccination. We recommend it only for dogs who are highly sociable and attend frequent boarding, daily trips to the dog park, or other canine social events. There are two strains of this virus, H3N8 and H3N2, which still break out in populations across the states. The vaccine we offer protects against both.

Cat vaccinations include:

Even indoor cats can be susceptible, and the high infection rate and risk of death is too much to ignore. Again, this is required by law.

FVRCP, or Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus Panleukopenia. This combination vaccine protects against feline distemper (panleukopenia), as well as two highly contagious and deadly respiratory infections. Since distemper can live in the environment for years, all cats require protection.

FeLV, or Feline Leukemia. As a non-core vaccine, FeVL is only recommended for outdoor cats who may have run-ins with any other outdoor or feral cats. It is easily spread and, while potentially slow-working, fatal.

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Pet Vaccinations Timeline

Your newborn pet will begin to receive a series of vaccinations from as early as 8 weeks old and will continue until about 16 weeks of age. Afterwards, your adult pet will need to receive regular boosters to keep their immunities high. Some pet vaccinations like rabies can be done every 3 years, while others must be given yearly.

Please do not hesitate to ask us more about pet vaccinations. You can call us at (317) 218-3142 today, stop in, or ask your veterinarian at your next appointment.

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I was so happy to see Dr Ross Clayton again. He is just the best vet ever. This new practice is wonderful. He always knows what I am going to ask and explains things so well."

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-Leanne O.

Dr. Ross Clayton is the most caring, knowledgeable vet we could have asked for! He has taken amazing care of our dogs since 2003!"

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Dr. Clayton has been caring for my family's dogs for many years with exceptional knowledge, care and compassion. He's shown time and again his willingness to explore the best options for keeping our loved ones healthy and vital."

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The precise genuine care for our pets and our family as a whole sets Dr. Ross Clayton and his wife Dr. Anne Clayton apart. We appreciate their attention to detail and prompt assistance. We have had the gentle care from this family for many many years. They have shared our enthusiasm as we brought home new puppies and through the end of the life of our beloved seniors. We can’t wait for the grand opening! Best wishes Clayton Family Veterinary Care!"

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