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Preventative care is an important aspect in maintaining your pet’s health. Proper vaccination is vital in protecting them against harmful diseases.


We believe that preventative care is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your pet’s health. There are a variety of diseases that affect animals, so proper vaccination of your pet is vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses to which they are susceptible to.

Why are vaccinations important?

Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure in combating viral diseases like Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus, Distemper, Lyme Disease, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Rabies.

When should my pet get vaccinated?

Vaccinations are particularly important for puppies, kittens, and other young animals that have immature immune systems. Veterinary vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and then boostered throughout your pet’s life depending on the vaccine. Our doctors will determine the appropriate vaccination plan for your pet.

How are vaccines administered?

Vaccines help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive or small amounts of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Vaccines are administered through a subcutaneous injection (under the skin), orally, or intra-nasally, depending on the vaccine.

Vaccinations are accompanied by a consultation and examination with our veterinarians to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough to receive them. Proper and timely administration is necessary to ensure optimal protection.

Cat & Dog Vaccinations We Offer

At Hayes Veterinary Hospital and Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic, we offer both core (essential) and noncore (lifestyle) vaccines for cats and dogs.

These include:

Dog Vaccines:


  • Rabies

  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus)


  • Bordetella (“kennel cough”) – often required by boarding and grooming facilities, including ours

  • Leptospirosis – recommended for dogs who are often outdoors

  • Lyme disease – a tick-borne illness that is becoming more prevalent in the south; often recommended for dogs who are traveling to tick-infested areas

Cat Vaccines


  • Rabies

  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)


  • Feline leukemia – While it is generally considered a noncore vaccine, FeLV is essential for all cats due to its endemic nature in our area.

Call Hayes Veterinary Hospital at (337) 463-7011 or Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic at (337) 537-2454 to learn more about your pets' vaccinations.