Prevent Disease with Pet Vaccinations
Pet vaccinations are one of the most important aspects of preventative veterinary medicine. Many painful and potentially fatal illnesses can be eliminated through proper vaccination. Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic in Branson is happy to offer a wide range of the safest and most effective vaccines to your four-legged friends.
When Should I Vaccinate My Pet?
Puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated right away to protect them from illness. After their initial series of vaccines in the first months of their lives, dogs and cats should also receive follow-up vaccines for high-risk diseases every one or three years. Diseases like rabies are fatal to pets and are transmittable to humans, so state law requires that pets be vaccinated regularly.
We can discuss your pet's individual vaccination needs and a timetable for booster shots when you bring them in for their first wellness exam. In addition to vaccinating cats and dogs against rabies, we also vaccinate ferrets upon request.
Dog Vaccines We Offer
We offer a wide range of vaccines for dogs to keep them healthy and protected including:
- Rabies (required)
- Distemper-Parvo combination for dogs (highly recommended)
- Leptospirosis for dogs (recommended)
- Bordetella/Kennel Cough (often needed for dog boarding)
Cat Vaccines We Offer
Our feline vaccines are all adjuvant-free, which eliminates the risk of injection-site infections and tumors faced by some cats. We offer several vaccines for cats including:
- Rabies (required)
- Feline Leukemia (recommended)
- Feline distemper (highly recommend)
Determining Exposure with Titer Testing
Vaccine titers are blood tests that evaluate a pet's immunity to disease. We administer pet vaccinations based on each pet’s risk of exposure to certain diseases. However, we understand some owners have concerns about over-vaccinating their pets, and some animals have allergic reactions to certain vaccines.
As an alternative, we can perform vaccine titers to ensure that your pet is sufficiently immune to the diseases with which they may come into contact. This is most commonly used to confirm the vaccination status of unfamiliar animals, like strays or shelter pets. However, if a pet is found to be sufficiently immune, we can waive vaccination.
Though titer testing gives a good indication of immunity levels, we cannot guarantee a waiver will be accepted as valid proof of vaccination for all travel or boarding needs.