This has been touched on in our Canine and Feline Vaccination Clinic section but feel free to peruse these as well. Please read the following articles to give you current vaccination guideline recommendations. See more articles on specific feline vaccinations under the FELINE tab.
Vaccination Information for Dogs and Cats
Vaccination Info from the AVMA
Prevent Leptospirosis with Vaccination
DON'T Drink from Streams and Lakes
Bordetella or Kennel Cough
INFLUENZA: Since the Influenza Outbreak in 2015 was determined to be caused by H3N2, not the H3N8 that we were previously vaccinating for, we have recently changed our Influenza Vaccine to MERIAL's H3N2 Influenza Vaccine. This means that all dogs previously vaccinated with the H3N8 product will need to restart the series. Since there has not been a case of H3N8 in several years, it only makes sense to vaccinate with the most current vaccine. This influenza strain has been found in 29 states. IF you have a dog that travels I highly recommend this vaccine. You can check out info in the NY times article (remem this is from Dec 2015, before Merial's vaccine was launched) and the AVMA Canine Influenza FAQ
Rabies is a serious concern in PA. In PA, Rabies vaccines are required, by law, for dogs at 12-16 weeks of age. Cats that are inside or inside/outside also require the vaccine. We STRESS that ANY cat that has any contact with people be vaccinated against Rabies. PA has been the #1/#2 hotspot in the US for many years. Not only could you die from getting bit by your rabid pet or barn cat, but if your pet bites someone else, they can request that the animal be euthanized to check for rabies. It is better to be safe than sorry and get those dogs and cats vaccinated!! Many ask, "Why do I need to vaccinate my house cats, they do not come in contact with rabid animals?" Well, cases of rabid bats in the house happen quite frequently and we all know cats love to play with flying creatures!!