How do vaccines work?
Vaccines contain small quantities of "killed" viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your pet's immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins called antibodies, to protect your pet against disease.
How effective is vaccination?
Like any drug, treatment, or surgical procedure, vaccinations cannot be 100% guaranteed. However, used in conjunction with proper nutrition and
acceptable sanitary conditions, vaccination is clearly your pet's best defense against disease. Plus, when you consider what treating a serious illness can cost you and your beloved pet in terms of
both money and distress, prevention through vaccination is definitely the better choice.
When should my pet be vaccinated?
The immunity that a pet has at birth begins to diminish sometime between 6 and 8 weeks of age. Initial vaccines should be started around 6 to 8 weeks of age and are repeated every 2 to 3 weeks until your pet is 12 weeks old. For pets that start their vaccine series between 12 weeks and 6 months old, it is recommended that they receive their initial vaccine and then a booster vaccine 2 weeks later. For pets 6 months of age or older, just a single vaccine will be sufficient for a year. Thereafter, your pet will require repeat vaccinations at regular yearly intervals for the rest of their life.
*Please note: Vaccines given to a puppy or kitten prior to 6 weeks of age are completely INEFFECTIVE.
Which vaccines should my pet receive?
At Flushing Animal Hospital, we believe that your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious, and which cause serious illness. Diseases other than those listed below may be recommended based on our evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your pet's particular heredity, environment, and lifestyle
Distemper Combination Vaccine: $34.50 This vaccine is recommended for all dogs, indoor and outdoor, big and small. Wildlife such as rats and deer carry leptospirosis, so dogs living in wooded areas are at greater risk. This vaccine protects against Distemper, Parvovirus, Infectious Hepatitis, Leptosirosis, and Parainfluenza. This vaccine is available without the Leptospirosis portion, for those dogs who have vaccine reactions.
Bordetella Vaccination: $20.75-$25.50: This vaccine is recommended for dogs who board regularly, visit the groomer, are around other dogs a lot, and who visit the pet store. This protects them from catching "kennel cough."
Canine Influenza Vaccination: $40.50-61: Canine Influenza is a fairly new illness that has not yet been seen in Michigan. However, if your pet travels out of the country, or to southern states, like Florida, this vaccine would be highly recommended.
Lymes Vaccination: $40.30: This vaccination is primarily intended for dogs who are more "outdoorsy." If your pet lives in wooded areas, or visits them frequently, or travels to the south where it is warmer, it is recommended. Lymes is a disease that is transmitted by ticks.
Rabies Vaccine: $19.90: Rabies vaccine is essential for both cats and dogs, but is only required for dogs. Rabies is untreatable and incurable, making it extremely important to protect your pet from the disease.
Feline Distemper Combination Vaccination: $29.50: This combination vaccination is recommended for both indoor and outdoor cats. Just one accidental trip to the outdoors can put them at risk of catching one of the highly contagious diseases that this vaccination protects against.
Feline Leukemia Vaccination: $25.50: This vaccine is highly recommended for cats who go outdoors, even if it is only every once in a while, as well as indoor cats, or cats that have contact with cats that go outdoors. If there is absolutely NO CHANCE that your pet will run out your door, this vaccine may be avoidable (at your own risk). This disease is HIGHLY contagious, and not treatable long term.
**All vaccines will have an additional charge of $1.98 for our medical waste disposal.**
Flushing Animal Hospital & Pet Hotel
6302 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI 48433
Phone: (810) 659-1151
Or use our contact form.
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Veterinary care by appointment.
For after hours emergency care we recommend Great Lakes Pet Emergencies: (989) 752-1960
1221 Tittabawassee Rd Saginaw, MI 48604
Also available is Animal Emergency Hospital:
1148 E Bristol Rd Burton, MI 48529
We accept cash, check*, Visa**, MasterCard**, and Discover**.
*Will only take checks from regular clients, and must be from a local bank.
**Credit/Debit payments are subjet to a 2% surcharge.