Westfield Dogs & Cats Need Vaccinations & Parasite Control to Stay Healthy

Thanks to vaccinations and parasite control, you can relax and be confident knowing your pet is as safe as they can be against a variety of diseases, including rabies. Vaccines and pest preventatives work together to give your pet a sturdy layer of protection that should be maintained throughout their entire life. At Coyne Veterinary Center in Westfield, we recommend a customized vaccine plan and schedule for every dog and cat to keep them safe for as long as possible.

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Our affordable wellness packages help keep pets up-to-date with their vaccinations.

Our Cat and Dog Vaccines

Our hospital carries the safest and most advanced vaccines for dogs and cats. Many of these vaccines vary in how frequently they need to be given, which helps pets avoid being over-vaccinated. We’re very careful about making sure your pet only gets the vaccines they really need.

See below for our recommended core and noncore vaccines for dogs and cats.

Dog Vaccines (Annual)

  • Rabies – core
  • DHPP (canine distemper/hepatitis/parvo/parainfluenza)
  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella (given every 6 months)
  • Canine influenza

Cat Vaccines (Annual)

  • Rabies – core
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia) - core
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV)
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Will My Pet Have Any Side Effects from Their Vaccines?

Side effects from vaccines are usually minor and include mild soreness and swelling around the injection site. Some pets might be drowsy following their vaccinations. Allergic reactions are not unheard of, but they are still rare. If you’re concerned about your pet reacting to any of their vaccines, we’ll be happy to keep an eye on them after they’ve been vaccinated to make sure they’re safe. You’re also more than welcome to call or stop in any time to have us check on your pet.

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We Recommend Year-Round Parasite Control for Westfield Pets

Fleas and ticks on dogs and cats are always a major concern, but they aren’t the only one. Parasites can cause a variety of health problems, some of which can be life-threatening if they aren’t treated early enough. Another issue is that parasites can be troublesome even during the winter months. An unseasonably warm day is all it takes for fleas, ticks (and sometimes even mosquitoes) to reappear.

Common Pet Parasites and Parasite-Transmitted Diseases

Coyne Veterinary Center recommends keeping your pet protected year-round against:

  • Heartworms (transmitted by mosquitoes)
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms)
  • Coccidia and giardia (single-celled parasites)

Furthermore, in addition to preventing infestations, parasite control medications can prevent:

  • Heartworm disease
  • Lyme disease (ticks)
  • Ehrlichiosis (ticks)
  • Anaplasmosis (ticks)
  • Coccidiosis (coccidia)
  • Giardiasis (giardia)
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