Walnut Grove Animal Clinic Recommends Disease Prevention Vaccinations for Memphis Pets

A boy and his puppy in Memphis TN.Disease prevention and wellness are core components of any pet care plan. Providing vaccines for your pets not only meets the minimum requirements of the law, but also keeps you and your pets safe from diseases such as distemper and rabies.

We offer individual vaccines as well as vaccine packages ranging from a single rabies vaccine through our Core Pet Vaccine Packages to our Annual Wellness Program for Dogs and Cats. Our doctors will consult with you to determine the best protection for your pet that your budget allows.

Before giving any vaccine or medication, our doctors highly recommend a physical exam and evaluation. This is an opportunity to detect health issues early, determine if your pet is healthy enough to avoid adverse reactions, and ensure the vaccine will have the desired effect.

Common Dog Vaccines

  • Rabies—Rabies is a serious disease that can be transmitted to people. The state of Tennessee requires all dogs and cats receive this vaccine before the age of 6 months. This is considered a “core” vaccine.
  • Distemper (DHPP)—This is also considered a core vaccine that protects dogs against distemper virus, canine hepatitis, para-influenza, and parvovirus. It is strongly recommended for all patients.
  • Leptospirosis—This is a serious disease that can cause kidney failure and death, and it can infect people. Because it is typically transmitted through the urine of wildlife, it is often found in standing water in parks and open areas.
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)—Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that can lead to respiratory infection. It is recommended for any pet that is exposed to other dogs on a regular basis. If your dog visits a groomer, boarding facility, or a training class, it needs protection from bordetella. Most establishments offering these services require proof of this vaccination.
  • Heartworm prevention—All dogs should be placed on heartworm prevention medication when they are puppies, and it should be continued throughout their life. Heartworm prevention is extremely important and affordable. All dogs should be annually tested for heartworms even if they are regularly given heartworm prevention products. Heartworm testing is included in all our wellness packages and examinations.
  • Lyme disease—Lyme disease is transmitted to your pet by ticks. Any pet that is at risk of being exposed to ticks should be vaccinated with a Lyme vaccine once a year. This disease has many symptoms including high fever, arthritis, and seizures. Our doctors highly recommend prevention of Lyme disease in your pet.

For our best value, ask about our Annual Wellness Program for Dogs, which includes a physical exam by a doctor, all recommended vaccines, urinalysis, blood analysis, and a heartworm test.

For budget conscious clients, Walnut Grove Animal Clinic bundles many of these vaccines into an economical and convenient Core Canine Vaccine Package.

Common Cat Vaccines

  • Rabies—Rabies is a serious disease that can be transmitted to people. The state of Tennessee requires all dogs and cats receive this vaccine before the age of 6 months of age. This is considered a “core” vaccine.
  • Upper respiratory viruses (FVRCP-often times referred to as distemper)—This is considered a core vaccine and protects cats against feline upper respiratory viruses. This vaccine is strongly recommended for all patients.
  • Leukemia (FeLV)—Feline leukemia is a highly contagious disease that can lead to immunosupression and severe illness. Vaccination of all cats is recommended, and blood testing is also recommended prior to vaccinations.

For our best value, ask about our Annual Wellness Program for Cats, which includes a physical exam by a doctor, all recommended vaccines, urinalysis, blood analysis, and a heartworm test.

For budget conscious clients, Walnut Grove Animal Clinic bundles many of these vaccines into an economical and convenient Core Feline Vaccine Package.


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