Another part of any preventative health plan is routine vaccines. This begins at 8 weeks of age for puppies and kittens. We believe vaccines are extremely important and should be administered by trained professionals.
Vaccines are not created equal. For example, vaccines from feed stores are from old technology and lower in quality. The distribution process of these feed store vaccines is lengthy and could harm its effectiveness. We carry the most up to date vaccines and they are delivered to us directly from the distributor.
Remember a vaccine is a medical procedure and should only be given to healthy animals. No animal should be vaccinated without a prior physical exam by a licensed veterinarian. We will not give a vaccine to your pet without a proper physical exam.
Vaccine reactions are uncommon, however, if a reaction were to occur, we have the appropriate medications to reverse this potentially life-threatening situation.
New studies have shown that some vaccines last longer than others. Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital offers core vaccines (Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus) that last three years and non-core vaccines (Kennel cough, Leptospirosis and Lyme) that last a year. Since Bladen and surrounding counties are rural and full of wildlife we always stress the importance of the Rabies vaccine. We offer numerous low-cost Rabies Clinics every year where we always bring pet wellness news. Remember, our state government requires Rabies vaccines be given to our pets.
A reminder of vaccine due dates will always be mailed to you.