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Pet Vaccinations Are an Essential Component of Preventive Care

Your pet’s preventive care has many different facets that are important for keeping your pet in good health. Pet vaccinations are one very essential component of preventive care that protects your pet from dangerous, potentially fatal diseases. In fact, the prevalent use of vaccinations helps keep the entire Kettering pet community safe. Yet, not all pets need every vaccine. Some vaccines are considered “core” and are highly recommended for all pets, while others are “noncore” and are only needed if your pet is at risk. At Hills and Dales Veterinary Clinic, we’ll discuss your pet’s lifestyle, age, disease exposure, travel history, and overall health with you and provide a vaccination protocol that works for them and you!

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The doctors and staff at Hills and Dales are amazing. They have gone above and beyond with all stages of my sweet dogs lives. Their care and compassion have been second to none. This is the only vet my dog is actually excited to go see "his girls"! -Mel M.

I would give it one million stars if I could! Dr. Mac saved our dog! When another vet was content to "wait it out", the entire staff at Hills and Dales jumped into action! These wonderful people are so caring, compassionate, and extremely thorough; they truly love what they do. Thank you Hills and Dales!  -Kristen L.

If you want to deal with the absolute best veterinary staff in the area, these are your folks! Everyone is beyond courteous and with every visit you know they truly care about you and your furry kids. Through the years, they have been there without fail for our cats and dog & given us great peace of mind every step of the way.  -Jennifer W.

The doctors and staff at Hills and Dales veterinary clinic are so kind, compassionate, educated and helpful people that really care and understand what we go through along with our fur babies! The clinic is always spotless and the staff at the front desk are friendly and really try and help with anything we need! -Pamela M.

Doesn't matter if you have an emergency or just a regular visit....the staff and Dr's are always there to help you with whatever problem you might have. They're always so caring and compassionate to your needs! -Alberta F.

Core and Noncore Vaccines

We offer a range of both core and noncore vaccines for cats and dogs. Pet vaccinations are first given to puppies and kittens as an initial series to build up their immune systems. Then, after their series is complete, vaccines are given every year. The vaccinations we offer include:

Cats

Core:

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)

Noncore:

  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia)

Dogs

Core:

  • Rabies
  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza)

Noncore:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Canine Influenza
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Deciding Which Vaccines Your Pet Needs

The need for noncore vaccines depends on your pet’s lifestyle and their exposure to risk. Dogs who are more social and spend time at boarding kennels, groomers, dog parks, and training classes are in contact with a lot of other dogs and may be at risk for Canine Flu and Bordetella. These dogs benefit significantly from lifestyle vaccines.

Dogs who are more likely to be outdoors, such as hiking or camping with you benefit from Lyme (a tick-borne illness) and Leptospirosis (bacteria found in infected soil). Meanwhile, outdoor cats, who may come into contact with feral cats, are safer with the feline leukemia vaccine.

For questions about pet vaccinations and how we tailor a vaccine plan to your pet, please contact us today and set up an appointment!

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