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Protecting Your Pet with Essential Vaccinations

Vaccines protect your pet from dangerous and highly contagious animal diseases. Through the responsible use of vaccinations, these serious diseases are controlled. Most diseases your pet will be vaccinated against are not contagious to humans, but rabies and leptospirosis can be transmitted from animals to people.

It’s important to vaccinate your pet even if they stay indoors, as some diseases require minimal exposure to be contracted. By staying up-to-date on your pet’s core and non-core (lifestyle) vaccines, your pet is more likely to stay protected and healthy. No two pets may have the same vaccine schedule, as we tailor every pet’s care to suit their unique needs. At Woodley Gardens Veterinary Care, we follow the vaccine guidelines provided by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Standard Core Vaccines

Certain vaccines are considered ‘core’ by the veterinary community due to the severity of the viruses they protect against. Some lethal diseases, like feline panleukopenia, are uncommon thanks to vaccinations. Core vaccines include:

  • Both cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies
  • Dogs are vaccinated against four different diseases, commonly called the distemper-parvo combo
  • Cats are vaccinated against three different diseases, including feline distemper and panleukopenia

About Your Pet’s Vaccination Schedule

Puppies and kittens are still developing their immune systems and can be the most susceptible to viruses and bacteria. For this reason, they should receive their initial round of vaccinations during their first few months of life. Afterwards, boosters help to further strengthen their immunities. Vaccines offer protection for either one or three years and should be updated in your adult pet according to our recommended schedule. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, we may also recommend additional vaccinations for optimal protection. Please ask us for more information about how to keep your pet healthy and protected with essential vaccinations.

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COVID-19 Update – Effective May 7th, 2020

Dear Woodley Gardens Veterinary Care Family,

With the new order issued by Governor Hogan, we are now able to resume full services again, including wellness visits and elective procedures such as spays, neuters, and dental cleanings. In order to keep our valued clients and caring team healthy and do our part in social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to follow our adjusted protocols for the hospital.

We will continue to only allow pets into the hospital. Clients will have the opportunity to Zoom video conference into their pet’s exam, or the doctor will call you on the phone after the doctor has completed the examination if you do not want to use Zoom. You may view the complete protocol here.

We already have rigorous cleaning protocols in place for the hospital, and we have increased the frequency of these cleanings as well. All team members wear masks and gloves, and also wash their hands following CDC recommendations with soap and water before and after each exam. Anyone feeling ill for any reason stays home, and all team member temperatures are taken prior to each shift. The additional measures taken are for the safety of our clientele and our team so that we can continue to serve the needs of our patients and our community that we love. We highly recommend for clients to wear masks and ask if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to find your pet alternative transportation and alert staff that your pet is coming from a COVID-19 positive household. Thank you for your understanding.

Stay safe everyone!

The Team and Woodley Gardens Veterinary Care