VACCINATIONS

One of the best ways to help your pet live a full and healthy life is keep up to date on vaccinations. Vaccinating your pet is the most effective way to prevent many serious and potentially deadly illnesses like rabies, distemper, Bordetella, feline leukemia, and many others.

As a vet in Colorado Springs, we offer low-cost vaccinations for your dog and cat, and our qualified DVMs can work with you to determine a vaccine schedule that’s right for your pet. Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic is passionate about education, and we want to give you all the information that you need to make an informed decision about your pet, especially on vaccinations. Learn what we offer below, and give us a call to schedule an appointment.

HOW PET VACCINES WORK

Vaccinations are a preventative measure that helps build up immunities to diseases that your pet could encounter.  Vaccines contain a small amount of the disease, virus, or bacteria, but do not actually produce the symptoms or cause the disease. Instead, these elements are introduced to your pet’s immune system, so that it can learn how to fight off that disease in the future.

Vaccinations are split into two categories: Core Pet Vaccinations (required) and Non-Core Pet Vaccinations (Optional). For the optional vaccines, they can be administered based on a pet’s breed, age, health, and lifestyle. That’s why it is especially important to consult a veterinarian on what would be in your pet’s best interest. At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we work with you to develop a vaccine regimen that keeps your dog or cat healthy for years to come.

CORE VS NON-CORE PET VACCINATIONS

The state of Colorado requires that all pets get certain vaccinations due to the severity of the illness, the level of contagiousness, and the overall effect on the health of your pet. Rabies is an example of a core vaccination that is required for both dogs and cats on a regular basis. Non-core vaccinations are optional and given based on a variety of factors like your pet’s health and lifestyle. For example, if you have just rescued your pet, or frequently encounter other animals, Bordetella is a highly recommended vaccination, as this prevents against a contagious respiratory disease, Kennel Cough. There are also some vaccinations that are ideally given during a certain time frame—under 6 months of age, and over 6 months of age. Some vaccinations are also required on an annual basis, like Rabies. There are many vaccine combinations and situations, which is why we highly recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our vets at Ponderosa. Our DVMs have years of veterinary expertise and will be able to honestly advise you on the best course of action for your pet.

CATS

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Herpesvirus Type I (rhinotracheitis)

CORE VACCINATIONS

DOGS

  • Rabies
  • Adenovirus-2
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • +/- Parainfluenza

CATS

  • Feline Leukemia
  • Feline AIDS
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis
  • Chlamydophila Felis
  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica

non-CORE VACCINATIONS

DOGS

  • Bordetella Bonchiseptica
  • AdenLeptospira
  • DisteBorrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme disease)
  • Influenza (H3N8 and H3N2)
  • +/- PCrotalus Atrox (Western Diamondback Rattlesnake)

WHY PONDEROSA

Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic is proud to be your local vet here in Colorado Springs! We offer affordable vaccinations for your dog and cat, and our highly qualified DVMs can make the best recommendations for your companion. The difference at Ponderosa is simple: we believe in honest and compassionate care. We build relationships based on mutual education—we will inform you on what is going on, what we recommend, and why. That way you can make an informed decision about your pet’s healthcare, without it being bogged down with unfamiliar jargon, tests, or explanations.