Harvey Animal Hospital

18479 Mack
Detroit, MI 48236



Harvey Animal Hospital - Pet Vaccinations 

Pet Vaccinations: Protecting Your Pet Against Disease

Pet Vaccines
At Harvey Animal Hospital in Grosse Pointe, we work to keep pets healthy for as long as
possible. An integral part of extending wellness is pet vaccinations because they protect against
diseases that would otherwise pose a huge risk to our pet’s health but also to public health in
general. It’s only been through the widespread and responsible use of vaccines that many animal
diseases have been controlled. Furthermore, some diseases like rabies and leptospirosis are
zoonotic and can be passed onto people. Schedule a vaccination series for a puppy or kitten, or
update needed vaccines during annual health checks.

Pet Vaccines
New Puppy or Kitten? Start a Series First Thing
Puppies and kittens can be the most vulnerable to diseases, vaccines protect them while their
bodies are still growing. Before they are weaned, mother’s milk provides antibodies, but this
protection isn’t sufficient as pets venture out into the world. They need the stimulating immune
response only pet vaccinations can provide and they need them in the first two months of their
life. After initial vaccination, we typically prescribe a series of booster shots every 3-4 weeks
until pets are around four months old. If you have a new puppy or kitten, talk to us about all their
necessary wellness checks. Though vaccines are of prime importance, they are only one part of
your puppy or kitten’s health care routine.

Updating Vaccines
Your pet’s protection doesn’t end after a puppy or kitten vaccination series ends. In order to
continue safeguarding your loved one, it’s important to routinely update their vaccines. Current
pet vaccinations guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and
the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) call for measures to ascertain the risk
level certain diseases pose to each pet. Therefore, we determine exactly what vaccines adult pets
should receive and how often on a case-by-case basis. Most pets will need to be revaccinated
annually or every three years depending on their level of exposure to other animals and travel

Pet Vaccines
Unknown Health History? Vaccine Titers Testing Can Help
If you have a huge heart and adopted a stray animal into your home, congratulations. You’ll
likely receive many years of affectionate gratitude and a special bond with your new pet. Though
one thing you’ll likely not know is your new pet’s health history. While vaccination imparts many more benefits than risks, we tend to steer clear of vaccinating unnecessarily at Harvey Animal Hospital. Titers testing can help in this instance by indicating the number of antibodies,
if any, are circulating in a pet’s bloodstream. Ask us for more information or schedule your pet