Valley Veterinary Hospital

437 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776


Vaccinations and Titering

...are they really doing all that good or causing more medical problems for your pet? 

     Vaccinating is crucial to your pet's overall health.  However, there is always confusion about what vaccines are mandatory, how often they should be administered, and which ones are simply unnecessary but are still administered.  To help clarify whether your pet is being over-vaccinated the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) developed guidelines for administering vaccines.   Surprisingly, what your pet needs & how often your pet needs them is  much less than what people realize. 

     Many pet owners unknowingly over vaccinate their pet.  This is especially true when it comes to the Rabies, Corona, Heartworm, and Distempter/Parvo Vaccines.  Did you know that the Rabies and the Distempter/Parvo Vaccine is a three year vaccine in the state of Connecticut?  Not a one year vaccine?  One year vaccines are for puppies or for pets that did not get their three year vaccine within the given time frame in our state.        

     You need to ask yourself "What are all those vaccines really doing for my pet, are they really necessary, and how often do they really need to be administered."   These are the same questions we ask ourselves as humans and know that more is not better.  Having unnecessary vaccines  and then having them on a yearly basis is even worse for our overall health!   An educated pet owner results in a healthier pet!      

     Your pet's vaccinations should be specific to your pet's health, age, and specific needs.  To help you become a better advocate for your pet please click on the red AAHA link below!  You will be happy to know you gave your pet what is necessary for a long, healthy life!   

     As well as constant continuing education (both in house and travel based) we follow the guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for vaccinations & senior wellness, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) for Feline Lifestage Guidelines, the American Heartworm Society (AHWS) for heartworm prevention and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) for parasite prevention and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for animal to human disease risks.  

The AVMA & AAHA have  released their wellness guidelines for cats & dogs.