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At Breton Veterinary Hospital, our mission is to keep your pets as happy and healthy as possible. That means we prioritize wellness care at our animal hospital, especially vaccines and medications that spare our patients from unnecessary pain and suffering. If you have a dog or cat, you need a veterinarian near Leonardtown who will make sure they stay protected with annual pet vaccines. Dr. Lynn Fenwick, our talented vet, offers pet vaccines for dogs and cats throughout St. Mary’s County, and she will treat your pet like her own to make sure your family is protected.
We offer two categories of vaccinations for dogs: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. The most common core vaccine, the rabies vaccine, is the only vaccination that’s actually required by the county. Rabies is deadly and highly contagious, and protecting your pet is also the best way to protect your community from rabies outbreaks, so it’s mandatory. However, a few other core vaccines are highly recommended for dogs, and our vet may recommend additional non-core vaccines if your dog is exposed to additional risks.
At our animal hospital, core vaccines for dogs include rabies, canine parvovirus, and canine hepatitis vaccines. Non-core vaccines include optional shots that protect against Bordetella, Leptospira bacteria, and even Lyme disease if your dog comes into regular contact with ticks. If you have a new puppy, make sure you schedule your wellness exam as soon as possible, because younger pets are particularly vulnerable to the effects of contagious viruses and diseases. Fortunately, we help young dogs get a great start at life with our puppy vaccination and booster packages.
Of course, our feline friends need protection too, even if they live indoors exclusively. Our veterinary team will make sure your cat gets the vaccinations he or she needs to avoid everything from rabies to serious respiratory illnesses. Our core cat vaccines include rabies, feline distemper, feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus type I. These will protect your cat from some of the most common and contagious feline illnesses.
We also offer non-core cat vaccines at our animal hospital. If your cat spends a lot of time with other pets or wild animals, we may also recommend vaccines for Chlamydophila felis, feline leukemia, Bordetella, and other contagious but less common cat illnesses.
We take disease prevention very seriously at Breton Veterinary Hospital, and we recommend two annual wellness exams to make sure your entire pet’s preventative needs are being met. During these wellness exams, Dr. Fenwick will fully evaluate your dog or cat for any signs of illness, injury, or change in health status. She will also make sure they’re up to date on their vaccines and boosters, as part of a lifelong vaccination schedule that will minimize their disease risks until your next visit. Contact us at (301) 475-7808 to schedule a pet wellness exam with our Leonardtown veterinarian today.