Animal Clinic of Los Alamos - We're Here for the Life of Your Pets

We believe physical examinations are so critical to your pets overall health and happiness that we offer a 50% discount off our core vaccines when you bring your pet to us for examinations every year. Just as in humans, early detection of health problems can save lives and improve the quality of life of your pet. The best way for us to monitor your pet's health is to examine him or her at least once a year. For information about the vaccines included in the PetCare Plus program, please see Our Vaccine Policy below.

What are the enrollment requirements?
To qualify, your pet must simply have its yearly wellness exam at the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos. These exams are similar to the preventive physicals we humans have with our physicians.

How do I enroll my pet?
To enroll, please download an enrollment form, fill it out, and turn it in to one of our staff when you bring your pet in for its exam.  We also have forms available at our front desk.

Our Vaccine Policy
In the late 1990's, we adopted a vaccine policy that recommends vaccinating adult dogs and cats with core vaccines every three years or as required by law. The core vaccines for dogs are the Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus vaccines. For cats, it's the Rabies, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia vaccines.

We believe that this vaccine policy fully protects your pets from these diseases and is safer for your pets since there is less chance for vaccine reactions. Please remember that, while it is rare, not all pets respond well to vaccines. For this reason, there are times when we avoid vaccinating your pet, including pets that are sick or stressed, pregnant pets, and pets that are in heat.

Current research has supported the use of vaccines every three years. Our experience supports it as well. In more than 120 years of veterinary experience around the bayous of Louisiana, the mountains of Appalachia and the areas around Los Alamos, the vast majority of cases of preventable diseases that we’ve seen were in young, unvaccinated dogs and cats.

Is there any way to measure if my pet is protected?
If you are concerned about the level of protection your pet has, tests that measure the level of antibodies in your pet's blood are available. These levels can give us an indication of the level of protection your pet currently has.

What about other vaccines?
Vaccines for diseases such as Leukemia Virus and Immunodeficiency Virus in cats or Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Influenza and Lyme diseases in dogs are given as needed, depending on your pet's risk of exposure to the disease. 

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