Why Do I Have to Vaccinate My Pet?

Aug 11 2017

Cleveland, TN pet owners, are you asking yourself, “Why do I have to vaccinate my pet?”

• Vaccinations are the key weapon against viral and bacterial infections in pets.
• Millions of dog & cats worldwide have been saved through vaccines.
• Vaccines are safe and well-tolerated by most dogs & cats.
• Vaccines help your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life!


Vaccinations are highly important while pets are still puppies or kittens, when their young immune systems are developing and need protection to stay healthy. Keeping your pet current as they age on their annual or scheduled vaccines is vital to their health, the health of all pets and even the people in our Cleveland community.

During your appointment, Appalachian Animal Clinic veterinarians will provide you with vaccine education, discuss the scheduling of booster shots (if necessary for puppies & kittens) and discuss the need to return annually or on a set schedule.

Our vets will discuss your pet’s history, age, lifestyle and other factors (location, the prevalence of diseases in Cleveland, closeness to wildlife, where you go like dog parks, where you travel, etc…) and determine a proper vaccination guideline and schedule.

Vaccines required/recommended for most dogs (recommendations vary based on factors above)
• Rabies
• Rabies is required by state law.
• Distemper
• Parvo
• Lyme
• Leptospirosis
• Bordetella “Kennel Cough” (we require dogs boarding with us be current on Bordetella vaccine)

Vaccines required/recommended in cats (recommendations vary based on factors above)
• Rabies
• Rabies is required by state law.
• Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP) “Distemper”
• Feline Leukemia
• Feline IV (FIV)
• Bordetella “Kennel Cough”

Call 479-4760 or request your appointment online for your pet’s vaccinations!