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Vaccines are one of the most significant advances in medicine and have extended the lives of our beloved pets. Even so, vaccinations have become the subject of ongoing controversy and research in veterinary medicine.
Both the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) promote extending the interval between some vaccinations because the immunity actually lasts longer than a year.
Vaccines should be divided into two groups. “Core” vaccines are necessary for all pets. The “Non Core” vaccines are recommended based upon the individual pet’s lifestyle and risk factors.
|DHPP or DAPP||FVRCP|
Non Core Vaccines
|Bordetella||Feline Leukemia (FeLV)|
|Leptospirosis||Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV)|
(click the word links for additional information on the purposes of each vaccine)
At Compass, we customize each pet's vaccination protocol according to their needs. Dr. Connolly believes that each pet has unique exposures and risks: “We consider your pet’s age, exposure, environment, health status, breed, lifestyle and travel habits. Our veterinarians vaccinate each pet selectively and as infrequently as their individual circumstances indicate, while focusing on providing relevant protection. We can even run a vaccine titer test to help determine whether a dog’s immunity is still active before we administer another vaccine.”
Dr. Connolly, Medical Director, has carefully selected all the vaccines carried at Compass based upon the protection offered and the safety of the vaccine. She keeps current on vaccine research and is in constant communication with Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Companies that manufacture our vaccine products.
Rabies: For dogs, we carry Imrab 3 TF by Meriel – a thimerosal-free vaccination licensed for use in dogs, cats and ferrets. Thimerosal in vaccines has been linked to adverse reactions.
Rabies: For cats, we strongly recommend the PureVax Rabies vaccine, also by Meriel.
This vaccine does not contain thimerosal, and is nonadjuvanted, making it a safer choice for cats. With standard vaccines, a very small percentage of cats will develop vaccine-associated sarcomas (a highly aggressive cancer) at the site of vaccination. Adjuvants are substances added to vaccines to increase the immune response. Adjuvants have been linked directly to injection site reactions and sarcoma development. PureVax is the safest choice, and is unlikely to cause vaccine reactions. Due to the higher cost of PureVax, we will continue to make the adjuvanted version available for those owners that are concerned about cost and who are willing to accept the higher risk of the adjuvanted rabies vaccine for their cat.
Bordetella: We use only oral bordetella vaccine. This vaccination is administered by mouth – no injection, and no nose drops! Immunity is quick and effective.
Lyme: Our Recombitek Lyme vaccine by Meriel contains no chemical adjuvants, resulting in a lower incidence of vaccine reaction. Dogs and puppies over 12 weeks of age receive two doses 3-4 weeks apart, then are revaccinated yearly.
FVRCP: We use Merial Purevax. This vaccine is adjuvant free and does not contain thimerisol as a preservative.
FeLV: Because this vaccine, like the standard Rabies vaccine, has been linked with tumor formation, we carry the FeLV Purevax vaccine. This vaccine has no adjuvant.
Our Veterinarians and Technicians use one needle to draw up a vaccine, then they use a fresh needle for administration. The needle used to draw up a vaccine can become dull after penetrating the rubber stopper on the vaccine vial. To make the injection of the vaccine more comfortable on your pet, we mount a fresh needle on the syringe before vaccine administration. Yes, we're that meticulous about patient comfort.
Canine Core Vaccines:
DHPP or DAPP: $25.00
DHLPP (with Lepto): $30.00
Rabies 1 or 3 Yr: $25.00 (Imrab 3 by Merial Pharmaceuticals - Thimerosal Free)
Feline Core Vaccines:
FVRCP Feline Purevax: $25.00 (Thimerisol Free and adjuvant free)
Rabies 1 or 3 Yr Imrab: $25.00
PureVax Rabies 1 Yr: $32.00 (PureVax is the only adjuvant free vaccine)
PureVax Rabies 3 Yr: $51.00 (PureVax is the only adjuvant free vaccine)
Canine Non Core Vaccines:
Bordetella Oral: $25.00 (Oral administration - easier on your best friend)
Lyme Disease: $40.00
Feline Non Core Vaccines:
Feline Leukemia PureVax (FeLV): $30.00 (PureVax is the only adjuvant free vaccine)
Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV): Please call for price and availability