Vaccinations for Pet & Farm Animals in Shippensburg, PA
Custom Vaccination Plans for Your Animal
Vaccinations are a necessary component of preventative care for all pets and farm animals; they help protect pets and farm animals from contracting various diseases or illnesses that could result in shortened lifespans, costly treatments, or even death. Additionally, vaccines help prevent the spread of disease to other animals or people, especially if you have pets that roam outside.
Required & Recommended Vaccinations for Pets in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Law says that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies. Additionally, because Pennsylvania has such a high prevalence of Lyme disease, we highly recommend that you vaccinate your pets and farm animals against it.
When our veterinarians perform a physical evaluation of your pet or farm animal and read through his or her medical history, they will determine which vaccinations are necessary and the frequency they need to be administered.
Typically, our veterinarians suggest the following vaccinations:
- Dogs: Our veterinarians vaccinate each dog we see for distemper and parvovirus. For any dogs that frequently visit a kennel, groomer, or obedience classes, we recommend they receive a vaccination for kennel cough and canine flu.
- Cats: Our veterinarians vaccinate each cat we see for distemper and diseases or virus that affect the upper respiratory tract. If you have a cat that likes to roam outside, we also recommend that they are vaccinated to prevent feline leukemia.
- Pocket pets: While many pocket pets don’t require vaccinations, ferrets are extremely susceptible to developing the canine distemper virus. For this reason, we recommend that ferrets are properly vaccinated against this when they are 6 weeks of age and that they receive boosters at both 10 and 14 weeks of age. After 14 weeks of age, ferrets require yearly boosters for the virus. We also recommend that you vaccinate a ferret for rabies when they reach 14 weeks of age and that they receive boosters annually afterward.
- Large animals: For all foals, adult horses, and senior horses, our veterinarians recommend that they receive vaccinations for West Nile Virus, encephalomyelitis, tetanus, and rabies.
Side Effects of Vaccinations
While vaccinations are extremely safe for your pets or farm animals, they could possibly result in mild side effects. These side effects range from mild pain and swelling at the vaccination site to a mild fever and decreased appetite.
We suggest that you monitor your pet or farm animal after they’ve received any vaccinations. Should any side effects worsen or not subside after a day or two, contact your veterinarian.
Three Convenient Locations
In order to take the best care of our community, Shippensburg Animal Hospital is proud to have three locations to serve you. We can be found in at our Shippensburg, Mount Rock, or Allen Road location. Click here to learn more.
A Long History In This Community
Founded in 1949, Shippensburg Animal Hospital has been serving our community's needs both big and small for nearly seven decades. When you have an animal in need come to a place with unmatched compassion and experience.
Providing Care to Animals of All Sizes
At Shippensburg Animal Hospital we have the unique ability to care for all of your fur babies, no matter their size. From the biggest horse to the smallest hamster and everything in between, we're ready to care for them.
“Dr. Hoover was very professional and comforting, and provided me with a wealth of information in case this occurs again in the fut ...”- Emily Dice
“We appreciate all your staff has done for all our pets.”- Jeanette Bitner & Jim Beichler
“I value the concern shown for my pet and people who know our pets are like family.”- Denylu Knox