At Bergen Passaic Animal Hospital, we believe that routine vaccinations are the most effective way to safeguard your pet against preventable – and often deadly – disease. And we never want you to have to worry about being able to afford crucial preventative care. That is why we offer all of our pet patients FREE vaccines for life!
Our free vaccine program covers every vaccination your pet needs to be protected and safe over the course of their lifetime. Vaccines include:
- Rabies. Both dogs and cats are generally required to be vaccinated for rabies (many states require this by law, while others do not). Your pet should receive it around 16 weeks of age. In order to keep your dog or cat protected from rabies throughout his/her life, it is necessary to give them booster shots periodically after that.
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP). These vaccines are first administered between 6 and 8 weeks old and booster shots are repeated every 3 weeks until your puppy is about 16-18 weeks of age. Some of these diseases can be very deadly so it is important to make sure that the vaccines are administered on time.
- Feline Herpesvirus, Calicivirus, Feline Distemper. This cocktail of vaccines is administered just like its dog counterpart above — the first time between 6 and 8 weeks of age and then every three weeks.
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV). FeLV is a very serious disease, and it is currently among the biggest causes of death in cats. The first FeLV vaccine is given when a kitten is about 12 weeks old, followed by a booster shot 3 weeks later. After that, it is recommended to give your pet a vaccine on a yearly basis.
- Leptospirosis. Dogs 8 weeks of age or older should be vaccinated with a booster dose administered 2-4 weeks later. Annual revaccination with 1 dose is recommended.
- Lyme. The vaccine is given as a series of two boosters. This series of vaccines can be started around eight to nine weeks of age, followed by yearly vaccinations after the initial two boosters.
- Flu. Dogs 6-8 weeks of age may receive their first flu vaccine. Vaccinations should be continued every 3 weeks until 16-7 weeks of age. Revaccination 1 year later, then every 3 years to maintain adequate protection.
- Bordetella. Puppies should receive the injectable version of the bordetella vaccine between the ages of six to eight weeks. They should then receive a second injectable booster four weeks later, or between the ages of 10 to 12 weeks. Adult dogs should receive a booster form of the bordetella vaccine every six to twelve months, depending on the risk factors for the dog. If you board your dog, take your dog to doggy daycare, or have your dog in any kind of training classes, the facility will likely require your dog to have the booster every six months.
As is the case with human vaccines, pet vaccines carry a certain amount of risk and side effects. However, the benefits far outweigh the risks, and side effects are typically short-lived and very mild. For more information or to get your pet started on free vaccines for life, give us a call at (973) 772-4930 today!