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FAQ: Pet Vaccinations at Fairview Hospital for Animals

Your Trusted Veterinarian for Vaccinations in the Blue Mound, Macon, Forsyth, Mount Zion and Boody Areas

Dr. Shelly Stevens and Dr. Robert Groesch offer comprehensive veterinary care serving the Blue Mound, Macon, Forsyth, Mount Zion and Boody areas of Decatur. A crucial part of this veterinary care includes preventative wellness services. They cannot stress enough the importance of having your pet vaccinated as a preventative measure. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccinations

Should all pets be vaccinated? 

Yes. There are certain serious illnesses for which no cure or effective treatment exists making vaccinations the most ideal preventive measure. We suggest that all pets stay well-protected against these potential illnesses with a routine vaccination schedule. Your veterinarian will advise on the most appropriate vaccines for your pet. 

Are rabies vaccines necessary?

Because there is no current cure or effective medication for rabies once contracted we suggest all animals be vaccinated against rabies. Many animals that your pet comes in contact with could be carrying rabies. This includes not only wild animals, but even domesticated, unvaccinated animals. Animals that have contracted rabies could be asymptomatic, but can still transfer the virus to your pet. To prevent this, all pets should be vaccinated and updated with regular boosters. 

Should my puppy be vaccinated right away?

This depends on the type of puppy you have. However, vaccines are generally suggested after they have been weaned. We can, of course, recommend a unique timing structure based on your puppy’s specific needs. 

What general vaccines should dogs and puppies receive? 

Canines should be vaccinated against distemper, parvo and upper respiratory complications, as well as kennel cough. We provide combination vaccines called DA2PPL4 to cover the distemper, parvo and leptospirosis. In most cases, the Bortadella vaccine covers kennel cough. At Fariview, we use the oral Bordetalla vaccination.

What general vaccines should my kitten or cat receive? 

Felines should be vaccinated against upper respiratory complications, distemper and feline leukemia. We offer a combination vaccine called FVRCP to cover feline distemper and upper respiratory infections. The feline leukemia vaccine is administered separately. 

I have an indoor/outdoor pet, are there certain vaccines I should know about?

We suggest the Leptospirosis 4 vaccine for all pets, especially if they are indoor/outdoor pets. Again, the DA2PPL4 vaccination we provide covers this. Leptospirosis can be easily be contracted by your pet even if they simply sit outside your front door because it can be spread through wildfire urine. For instance, your pet could come into direct contact with these bacteria if a raccoon urinates on your property and your pet walks through the urine and licks their feet. This vaccine will protect against Leptospirosis causing bacteria that your pet may come in contact with. Additionally, your pet may be an indoor pet, but if your pet is to be boarded or hospitalized, this vaccine will become a requirement. The vaccine is updated on a yearly basis. 

I tend to travel with my pet, do they need vaccines?

Travel vaccines are often necessary when bringing your pet aboard transportation and entering accommodations. We can help you determine which vaccines will be most ideal for your pet depending on where you will be traveling. 

We look forward to helping protect your pet!

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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.

Angela McIntire
Decatur, IL

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