Pet Vaccinations: Giving Your Pet’s Health a Boost

Vaccinations are an essential form of disease protection for dogs, cats, and ferrets. At Paws and Claws in Dunedin, we always aim to create a vaccine package that aligns with your pet’s unique lifestyle. Like people, our animal companions have very different health needs and may react differently to the treatments they receive. Our team takes all of these differences into account to ensure the best possible care for your pet.

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The Vaccine that Every Pet Needs

One vaccine that is universally important for pets is the rabies vaccine. Rabies is carried by foxes, raccoons, coyotes, and occasionally even bats. It has a high mortality rate, attacking the central nervous system and causing symptoms such as seizures, paralysis, fever, aggression, and an inability to swallow.

Dogs, cats, and ferrets can all be safely vaccinated for rabies. We offer a 3-year rabies vaccine for dogs and cats only, which can be given a year after their first rabies vaccination.

Additional Pet Vaccinations We Offer

Rabies is not the only disease from which your pet needs to stay protected. To further improve their health and fortify them against infection, we offer these dog and cat vaccines:


  • DHLPP (canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza combination vaccine)
  • Leptospirosis (standalone vaccine)
  • Canine influenza (a bivalent vaccine that protects against both flu strains)
  • Bordetella/kennel cough (injectable only)
  • Lyme (recommended for pets that travel to or live in areas with a high tick population)


  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia combination vaccine)
  • Feline leukemia (given to all kittens, and recommended yearly thereafter for outdoor cats)

Pets Need to be Vaccinated on a Schedule

The duration of a vaccine’s effectiveness varies. To maintain your pet’s protection, they will need to be vaccinated on a schedule. This keeps their immunity strong and reduces their risk for infection. When you meet with us to vaccinate your pet, we can tell you exactly when their next vaccines will be due and how regularly they will need them. We also consider lifestyle changes when helping you choose a vaccine package to avoid over-vaccinating your pet.

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