Vaccines are essential in your pet’s health to prevent deadly and infectious diseases. We separate vaccines into two groups: core (required) vs non-core (recommended based on lifestyle).
Protect your dog from preventable diseases.
DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza): This vaccination is the most important for puppies' immune systems. It is the main reason they should not touch the ground or be in public places until they receive this entire series!
Rabies is a dangerous viral infection that causes neurologic disease and eventually death in all mammals, including humans. In California, it is most commonly carried by skunks and bats. It is required by LA County.
Bordetella is a contagious bacterial disease that causes bronchitis ("kennel cough") in dogs. It is required by boarding, grooming and day-care facilities.
Leptospirosis is a very harmful bacterial disease carried by wildlife (think raccoons, opossums, rodents) that can cause kidney and liver failure in dogs as well as humans. LA county had an outbreak in 2021, and we recommend this as a core vaccine no longer dependent on your lifestyle.
Canine Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread through droplets or aerosols from an infected dog coughing, sneezing, or barking. It is strongly recommended if your pet visits boarding, grooming, and day-care facilities. LA county had an outbreak in 2021, and we recommend this as a core vaccine no longer dependent on your lifestyle.
We don’t recommend the rattlesnake vaccine due to the lack of efficacy. There’s, unfortunately, no known benefit if your pet gets bit by a rattlesnake. Instead of this vaccine, we strongly recommend rattlesnake avoidance classes for dogs.
Most vaccines are given every 3 to 4 weeks apart until 16-20 weeks of age. We recommend separating most vaccines in puppies to decrease the risk of having a reaction.
We recommend separating vaccines if your dog weighs less than 15 lbs or has previously had a reaction.
Keep your cat safe from diseases and boost its immune system.
Southpaw Vets uses the Purevax 0.5ml line that uses a smaller volume than the traditional 1.0ml vaccines. This means a smaller amount of vaccine is injected, and our feline patients are more comfortable!
FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) protects against upper respiratory viruses and panleukopenia and is given to all cats.
FeLV (Feline leukemia) is an incurable retrovirus in cats that can cause immunosuppression and certain cancers. It is easily transferred via direct contact with other cats' saliva and can be passed down from their mother. We only recommend this vaccine if your cat goes outside or is exposed to an outdoor cat in the household.
Rabies is a dangerous viral infection that causes neurologic disease and eventually death in all mammals, including humans. In California, it is most commonly carried by skunks and bats. We only recommend this vaccine if your cat goes outside.
Most vaccines are given every 3 to 4 weeks apart until 16 - 20 weeks of age.
We recommend separating vaccines if your cat has previously had a reaction.
Vaccine reactions are rare but can occur. Most pets are lethargic for 24 hours following a vaccine, which is typical. However, in some cases, pets can experience hives, facial swelling, vomiting, small lump or pain at the site of the injection. Most of these reactions will occur 30-60 mins following the vaccine administration.