Protecting Your Pet Through Vaccinations

At West Ridge Animal Health Center, we believe core vaccinations are one of the primary ways in which cats and dogs can be protected from contracting devastating diseases. We work closely with pet owners to assess the lifestyle and risk factors of each pet so that we can customize a vaccination program that is most appropriate for them. Immunizing your pet is the first line of defense against infectious diseases, and helps ensure they live a long, healthy life.

Pet Vaccinations in Topeka KS

Essential (Core) Vaccinations

Essential Vaccinations for Dogs Include

- DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza)
- Rabies*

Essential Vaccinations for Cats Include

- FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia)
- Rabies*

*It’s important to understand that the city of Topeka, KS requires that cats and dogs be immunized against rabies before they can be licensed. This disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to humans and is an extremely dangerous disease to both animals and humans alike. It can cause serious health issues, and in some cases, even death.

When to Vaccinate Puppies and Kittens

Puppies and kittens acquire disease immunity from birth till about 16 weeks, due to the maternal antibodies they receive from their mother through nursing. However, antibodies gradually decrease during this time. Consequently, vaccinations to boost their natural immunity should be scheduled somewhere between 8 and 16 weeks of age.

When to Vaccinate Adult Dogs and Cats

Certain annual vaccinations might be recommended by your veterinarian for adult dogs and cats, depending on the likelihood of their lifestyle exposing them to infectious diseases. These elective vaccines might include immunization against the following diseases:


A zoonotic disease (can transfer to humans) that can infect pets most commonly when they come in contact with infected water or urine. Leptospirosis causes flu like symptoms and can lead to kidney or liver disease.

Kennel Cough (Bordetella)

Dogs that are often in close proximity to other dogs, such as at parks, boarding kennels, grooming salons or daycare facilities, should be protected from contagion through bi-annual vaccination (twice yearly).

Canine Influenza

Your veterinarian can ascertain if your dog is at risk of contracting this disease, and if necessary, recommend vaccination.

Lyme Disease

A series of vaccinations, including annual boosters, is an essential precaution against this disease for dogs living in, or traveling to areas where Lyme disease is prevalent.

Feline Leukemia

Vaccination is indicated for outdoor cats, as this puts cats at high risk of contracting this devastating disease.

If you have a new puppy or kitten, contact us today to discuss when and what vaccinations are needed to protect.

Topeka KS Pet Vaccinations