Another non-core canine vaccination includes the Lyme disease vaccine. It may be considered for each individual practice area and after the risk assessment of each pet. There have been some recent advances in vaccine development for dogs and cats and challenge studies have been done to establish duration of immunity for these vaccines. There may be some patients that this vaccination protocol may not be appropriate for, and we will continue to individualize our vaccination selection for each patient. We will continue to try to minimize the number of vaccines administered to each patient while maintaining protection against these serious infectious diseases.
The vaccinations your pet has received prior to this time may be good for longer than 1 year, however, please come in for your annual exam when you receive a reminder card, and we will discuss the best vaccination protocol for your pet.
Please refer to the guidelines we have established in the community practice and if you have any questions about which vaccines are appropriate for your pet please call us at 509-335-0711.