Pet Vaccinations for Pet Wellbeing

The importance of pet vaccinations extends beyond that of your pet’s health—it helps keep others safe and healthy as well. Proper vaccination in all cats and dogs within the Big Rapids area significantly improves the whole pet community's quality of life.


Core Vaccines for Your Dog

Core pet vaccinations protect your dog against a handful of common, sometimes fatal diseases. Luckily, a tri-annual is available for many of these. Below are the core vaccines for your dog:

  • Rabies (3-year after initial series).
  • DHPP, or distemper-hepatitis-parainfluenza-paravirus (3-year after initial series).
  • Leptospirosis (can be combined with DHPP).

For dogs who spend time away from home, we also recommend the following:

  • Bordetella, or “kennel cough,” is particularly important for pets who frequent day care or grooming facilities.
  • Lyme, protects against the tick-borne illness in outdoor dogs, especially those who frequent wooded areas. Learn more about tick-borne illness at
  • Canine Influenza includes some strains of influenza and is recommended for dogs that travel and are in contact with other dogs.

Core Vaccines for Your Cat

Cats have different needs than dogs, and therefore different pet vaccinations requirements. Below are the main vaccines we administer to cats:

  • Rabies (3-year after initial series).
  • FVRCP, or feline viral rhinotracheitis-calicivirus-panleukopenia (3-years after initial series).

While not required in every case, below are lifestyle specific vaccines for your cat:

  • FIV, or feline immunodeficiency virus, is only recommended for out-of-door cats.
  • Feline leukemia is equally important for outdoor cats.

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