Pet Vaccines in Gardner, KS
At Oakbrook Animal Hospital, we believe every cat and dog in Gardner deserves a fighting chance to live a long, healthy life. Your pets are vulnerable to many serious but preventable health risks, from rabies to car accidents, and it's our job to minimize or eliminate these risks before they ever suffer. Our pet vaccinations are the best ways to effectively prevent rabies and a variety of other contagious, devastating diseases. If your cat or dog is unprotected, we offer core and non-core vaccines as part of our regular preventative care, so make an appointment today to get them up-to-date on their shots.
Our Gardner Cat Vaccines
Does your favorite feline need to get vaccinated? If your cat or kitten isn't up-to-date on their core cat vaccines, it's time to make an appointment. Some of the most common feline illnesses are highly contagious, and cats can be exposed in many ways. Because all cats face a risk of escaping or coming into contact with other animals, cat vaccines are recommended for indoor-only cats as well as cats who go outside.
Core Vaccines for Cats
Core cat vaccines aren't necessarily required (other than rabies), but they're highly recommended. Our Gardner veterinarians agree that every cat should be vaccinated against the following:
- Rabies – Neurological disease that's always fatal
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper) – Potentially fatal disease
- Feline Herpesvirus – Virus that causes respiratory complications
- Calcivirus – Highly contagious respiratory virus
Non-Core Vaccines for Cats
If your cat spends time outdoors or faces high disease risks for any other reason, they may benefit from additional vaccines. Your Gardner veterinarian may recommend one or more of these non-core cat vaccines:
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) – Contagious immunosuppressant disease that can cause cancer
Our Gardner Dog Vaccines
Of course, we also offer pet vaccinations for dogs. Some of these vaccinations are required if you plan to board your dog, but we encourage dog owners to get an annual round of core vaccines regardless of their dog's lifestyle.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
Here are the main recommended vaccines for dogs in Gardner:
- Rabies – We offer three-year vaccines for dogs who have already had their rabies boosters
- Distemper/Parainfluenza – Disease spread by airborne particles, which can cause brain damage and other permanent complications. Three-year vaccines are also available for this condition, which causes coughing and fever
- Parvovirus – Contagious, life-threatening disease that causes vomiting and diarrhea
- Adenovirus – Vaccines protect against two different types of this contagious disease, AKA canine hepatitis and kennel cough, which can lead to organ failure
Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs
Does your dog spend a lot of time in the woods, exposed to potential ticks and mites? Do they socialize with other dogs at a doggy day care? Some pet owners opt for additional vaccines because their dogs are exposed to additional risks. We offer these non-core vaccines for dogs:
- Bordetella – Kennel cough is another name for this contagious condition, which is riskier for puppies
- Lyme Disease – Dogs exposed to ticks should be protected before tick season
- Leptospirosis – This infection is spread by exposure to rodents or standing water
- Canine Influenza – Another respiratory condition that spreads in close quarters
Does your dog or cat need another round of core vaccines? Call Oakbrook Animal Hospital at 913-884-8778 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian in Gardner today.
Pet Vaccinations FAQs with our Gardner Veterinarian
At Oakbrook Animal Hospital, our experienced Gardner veterinarian provides vaccinations in our office so you can keep your pet up-to-date at all times. If your pet is due for vaccines or is in need of other veterinary services, our team is here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Vaccinations
We receive a number of questions about pet vaccinations on a regular basis. To better serve you, our veterinary team has compiled some answers to the most frequently asked vaccination questions for your reference.
Why are vaccinations so important for my pet?
Having your pet vaccinated by our Olathe veterinarian is one of the easiest steps you can take to protect your pet's long-term health and wellness. Specifically, vaccinations are meant to protect your pet from dangerous and potentially fatal illnesses and diseases that can often times be passed on to other pets or even people. Not to mention, many facilities (such as boarding facilities, groomers, and dog parks) require that you provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations in order to utilize their services.
How do I know which vaccines my pet needs?
A lot of times, pet owners fail to keep their pets up-to-date on vaccinations because they don't know which vaccines they need. A good way to determine which vaccines your pet is due for is to check his or her most recent veterinary visit paperwork. More than likely, there will be a section with information on recommended vaccines and due dates for each.
If you don't have recent paperwork and aren't sure which vaccines your pet needs, our team can help. Some of the more common vaccines for kittens we recommend, for example, include rabies, feline distemper, and feline leukemia. Recommended puppy vaccinations include rabies, canine distemper, canine influenza, and parvovirus.
At the end of your pet's appointment, our Johnson County veterinarian can provide you with an up-to-date vaccination schedule so you know which vaccines your pet will need in the future and when to have them administered.
What are the potential side effects of vaccinations?
Most pets don't experience any side effects after being vaccinated, but some pets will experience a little bit of lethargy in the first 12-24 hours after the appointment. While rare, pet owners should also be on the lookout for signs of an allergic reaction, such as persistent vomiting or extreme swelling, if this happens give us a call immediately.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Gardner
If your pet is due for vaccinations, whether it be puppy vaccinations, vaccines for kittens, or their annual vaccinations, our veterinarians in Gardner have you covered. Give Oakbrook Animal Hospital a call at 913-884-8778 to schedule your pet's annual exam and vaccination appointment or to find out more about the many services we offer.