Island Hammock Pet Hospital®
and Boarding Villa
Serving the Upper Keys; Key Largo, Islamorada, Tavernier and Ocean Reef
Island Hammock Pet Hospital®
and Boarding Villa

Vaccinations

In recent years, over-vaccination has become a growing concern for many parents and pet owners. Generally, pet vaccinations are extraordinarily safe and necessary.  

The initial series of vaccines for kittens and puppies are essential to protect against diseases like rabies, distemper, and feline leukemia. Following the series of juvenile vaccinations, the commonly practiced annual interval between some of the booster shots are unnecessarily short for adult pets. Giving all vaccines annually offers no greater benefit and could possibly cause harm to the pet.

Since 2006, Dr. Edwards has instituted the “Alternate Antigen Program” in her practice and continued the program when she opened IHPH. The goal is to keep pets well protected but not over-vaccinated. Certain adult booster shots are given just once every three years, but alternated annually.  Our adult pets get just one major booster shot a year instead of several vaccines every year.  

When indicated, this program is advocated by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This program is a little more complicated, but the Island Hammock Pet Hospital tracks the vaccination dates for pet owners to ensure the right vaccines are administered at the right time.  If you are concerned about over-vaccinating your pets, Island Hammock Pet Hospital offers full protection for your pet with fewer shots.