Pet Vaccinations

The vaccination of your pet aids in preventing potentially fatal infections.

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The Need for Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Key Largo, FL

Pet vaccinations are a safe and easy way to keep diseases from spreading among dogs and cats. At Island Hammock Pet Hospital, our doctors and staff are aware of over-vaccination concerns here in Key Largo, which is why we make sure pets only receive the vaccines they absolutely need to stay healthy. We also closely track your pet’s vaccination dates to ensure that they continue to get vaccinated for the right diseases at the right time.

Make an appointment or call us directly at (305) 852-5252 to schedule a vaccine appointment for your pet!

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Which Vaccines are Most Essential for Dogs and Cats?
Pets should start getting their booster shots at 6-8 weeks old. For dogs, this includes immunizations against rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis. For cats, this includes rabies, feline panleukopenia, and leukemia.

We offer vaccines for other diseases as well, including kennel cough, Lyme, and influenza. However, we generally only require these for pets that are more at risk than others.

Why Lepto is a Concern for Dogs (and People) in Key Largo
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection typically found in damp soil, puddles, lakes, and ponds. These bacteria are often spread via the urine of infected wildlife, which your pet can unknowingly ingest or inhale. It can also be transmitted into their bloodstream via a small cut or scrape on their skin. Leptospirosis symptoms are nonspecific and in some cases nonexistent in pets. Humans can also become infected with leptospirosis, so take precautions when letting your pet explore the outdoors.
How Often Should Dogs and Cats get Their Vaccines?
Once puppies and kittens receive their initial boosters and reach 1 year of age, we try to avoid vaccinating them every year for the same diseases. Frequent vaccination can often do more harm than good for dogs and cats.

Veterinary Services

Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Island Hammock Pet Hospital. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.