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National Vaccination Awareness Month

Like people, pets need healthcare, and immunizations are an important part of staying healthy. We want to protect our furry friends from common disease and health conditions, so now is the time to check and make certain your pets are up to date on all their vaccinations. The frequency of vaccinations can vary by species, age, lifestyle, travel, medical history and local law.


Core vaccines are considered vital for all dogs and cats. If your pet is a homebody with little contact with wildlife or other dogs and cats, a simple “core” vaccine should be sufficient to protect from the most common diseases. Non-core vaccines like those against Lyme disease or Coronavirus would be appropriate for cats and dogs that regularly come into contact with other animals and wildlife or live in/travel to areas where these are a concern.

In order to build strong immunity, all dogs and cats should receive their first immunizations at 5-6 weeks of age, with boosters every 2-3 weeks until age 12-16 weeks. Adult animals with an unknown vaccination history should receive core vaccinations and boosters 3 weeks after the initial dose is administered.
Your vet can recommend the proper vaccinations and schedule for your pet.


5 weeks: Parvovirus

6 & 9 weeks: Combination core vaccine against canine distemper, canine hepatitis, adenovirus cough (kennel cough), parainfluenza, and parvovirus.

12 weeks & older: Rabies vaccine.

12 & 15 weeks: Combination core vaccine plus leptospirosis. Coronavirus and Lyme disease – only if you’re living in or will be taking your pet traveling/visiting an area where these are a concern. Bordatella vaccine.

Adult annual vaccinations: Combination core vaccine against canine distemper, adenovirus cough, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis. Coronavirus and Lyme disease – only if you’re living in or will be taking your pet traveling/visiting an area where these are a concern. Rabies vaccines may be given in 1-year or 3-year cycles.


FVRCP – Core vaccine that protects from Feline Viral Rhinotrachetitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia. Recommended for kittens at least 6 weeks old, with boosters three-four weeks apart until the kitten is 16 weeks. A booster at age 1-2 is recommended. After the series is completed, boosters should be administered every three years.

FHV- FCV– Feline herpes virus and calicivirus are core vaccines. Adolescent and adult cats should receive two doses, administered three to four weeks apart, a booster after one year, and then every three years.

Rabies: All kittens should receive a rabies vaccine at 8-12 weeks of age, then an annual booster. Cats with unknown vaccination histories should receive the rabies vaccination followed by an annual booster. After the series is completed, boosters should be administered every three years.

National Check the Chip Day – 8/15

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Imagine coming home after a long day. It feels good to be home. Then you notice it’s quiet. Too quiet. And suddenly, everything just feels – well, WRONG. Your pet is missing. And the frantic search begins. It’s a terrifying scenario – did he/she get out of the house/yard? Were they stolen? Where could they be?

So the search begins. In the back of your mind, you think – Fluffy/Fido has tags and a microchip. Surely someone will find your beloved friend. The phone will ring, someone will say your pet has been found, and hooray, you’ll be reunited! Sadly, collars can break, and tags can and do get lost.

Humane societies and animal rescues see thousands of lost and abandoned animals that cannot be reunited with loved ones because they can’t be identified.

When did you last CHECK THE CHIP? The biggest mistakes pet owners make:
1/ forget to fill out the ownership information after the animal is chipped
2/ forget to regularly check and update the information attached to the chip

Like replacing all the batteries in your smoke detectors, checking the chip is something you should do once a year. Have you moved? Update your address and phone number. There are a large number of manufacturers of microchips, so trying to remember which one is correct can be challenging. If you’re not sure where your pet’s chip is registered, visit the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool at

Microchip Record Visual

Why Microchip Your Pet?
• Permanent pet identification
• Quick and painless procedure
• Lasts for your pet’s lifetime
• Best chance of recovering your pet

Keep your pets information handy – print out this downloadable form, fill it in, and store it in an easy to remember place. Click here for the form: ChecktheChipDay

Featured Doc – Dr. Scott Barnard

Growing up with what he calls, “a menagerie in my room,” Dr. Scott Barnard knew early on that he wanted to be a veterinarian. Fond of everything from pocket pets like ferrets, mice, rabbits, and hamsters, to cats and dogs, Dr. Barnard’s eagerness to gain hands-on experience led him to volunteer at his local Ohio humane society at the age of 12. Two years later they gave him his first real job, assisting veterinarians and shelter staff in caring for homeless animals, and he has been caring for four-legged patients ever since.

His desire to help animals was greatly intensified through his shelter experience. During the early days of Parvo, when there was little information available about how to treat and help infected animals, he witnessed the widespread devastation caused by the disease. “Twenty-five percent of the animals who came to the shelter were dying,” Dr. Barnard remembered. Watching the veterinary community rally together to save animals’ lives fueled his passion for becoming a veterinarian.

With only 25 veterinary colleges in the country at the time he was in school, it was easier to become a doctor than to become a veterinarian. Determined to learn as much as possible about animal care, Dr. Barnard studied everything from pediatrics and senior animal care to surgeries and acupuncture. “I believe that the more I learn, the more I can help my clients and patients,” he shared.

After more than 20 years’ practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Barnard’s drive to stay on the cusp of care remains strong. His Dobson Ranch practice has expanded to include many alternative options like acupuncture, stem cell therapy, and cold laser therapy. Cold laser can be used for a variety of ailments including chronic pain, wounds, and muscle strains. “One of the most exciting developments has been with laser treatment,” he explained. “My own dog, Sid has experienced dramatic healing from a chronic licking ailment through cold laser therapy. I’ve seen amazing results.”

As a busy father of four—two grown sons and two teens with busy softball and baseball schedules—Dr. Barnard understands how demanding it can be to make time for veterinary appointments and good pet care. That’s why Dobson Ranch offers flexible appointment scheduling with appointments available every day of the week including Sunday. He tailors treatment and care options to each of his client’s needs, taking time to review the benefits and options of each recommended procedure or care regimen.

“My goal is to give my clients and their pets the best care possible, explain their options and treat their pet in the style that best suits their needs,” stated Dr. Barnard. “I want every person who visits us to leave with a better understanding of what is going on with their pet’s health and to feel like they have gained something truly valuable from their time here.”