Why Pet Vaccinations are Important

Your pet is a valued family member, and providing the very best care for them is simply second nature. At Creekside Animal Clinic, we tailor each vaccination protocol to your specific pet’s needs and follow guidelines set by AAHA and the AAFP to avoid overvaccination. Additionally, we have the ability to perform titer testing to measure your pet’s immunity level. If you enroll in our Free Vaccines for Life program, you can receive core vaccines at no extra cost. Please contact us or read on for details.

Cat lying in a pet bed: Pet Vaccinations in Norton

“I can’t give Dr. Messner, and the employees who work here, enough praise! Having had a terrible experience with a different vet clinic, my faith in veterinarians had diminished. That was until I came upon Creekside and its wonderful staff. My faith has been restored, and I know my fur babies are receiving the absolute best care when we visit Dr. Messner. She is the best veterinarian, and Creekside is hands-down the best animal clinic around!”

- Kelly Y.

“Will never take our animals anywhere else. Great doctors and staff. I know that when I walk through those doors that my pets are in the most capable and very caring hands. Special thanks to Dr. Cummings. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your compassion and excellent care you always provide to our babies.”

- Sue S.

“I always feel like my Mastiffs and French Bulldogs are in the best hands when Dr. Messner and her crew take care of them!”

- Tina C.

“All our foster dogs have gone to Creekside. The entire staff is friendly and answer all my questions. I would highly recommend Creekside to anyone looking for a place to take their pets.”

- Julie S.

“I can not thank you all enough (especially Carol) for the kindness while having to put down my cat Walter. It wasn't easy for me but your kindness and true compassion made it easier. What a blessing you are to the animal world.”

- Heidi P.

“Very pleased with everyone here, we are newer clients and our dog had what we thought was an injured shoulder on a Saturday, they quickly got us an appointment and were very understanding when she turned out to be fine, just a drama queen. Sorry she's a big faker but I appreciated having my mind eased after numerous cries from her that morning.”

- Jill R.

“The staff and doctor treat you like family. They always take the time to listen to your concerns. They are very caring and know you and your pet by name.”

- Jennifer G.

“This wonderful vet took my baby in right away when his foot was gushing blood and i was a mess! They fixed him up with a smile. This will be our permanent vet from now on. They are very calm and very sweet here! So impressed with Creekside! Not too mention the staff are very nice and the building is very clean! So impressed with everything here!”

- Lizzie H.

Our Recommendations for Your Pet

Every pet is unique, so we’ll develop a unique vaccination protocol with you to determine what they need to remain healthy. Here is a list of vaccines we offer:

  • Rabies

    For both cats and dogs, rabies is essential. In fact, it’s required by law in Ohio, and for good reason. The disease is almost always fatal and is zoonotic, meaning it can affect your human family, too.

  • DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)

    This core combination canine vaccine protects against four of the most common and dangerous canine diseases.

    (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

    This core combination vaccine for cats protects against three contagious diseases that can cause severe illness or even be fatal.

  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

    Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. We consider this a core vaccine, as many boarding facilities (including ours) and groomers require it.

  • Canine Influenza

    A virus causing flu-like symptoms in dogs. We require this lifestyle vaccine for all our boarding guests.

  • Feline Leukemia

    An incurable disease highly recommended for all kittens and only for adult cats who go outdoors.

  • Lyme Disease

    Spread by the deer tick, this vector-borne illness can cause serious symptoms and is difficult and costly to treat. In severe cases, it can be fatal. With ticks becoming a growing problem in Ohio, we strongly recommend this vaccine for your dog.

  • Leptospirosis

    Lepto is a bacterial infection that can affect any animal; however, your dog is most at risk. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, stiffness, lethargy, and younger animals are often more seriously affected, which is why we recommend the vaccine for all puppies.

Free Vaccines for Life Program

We strongly believe that the best way to care for your pet and keep them well is through annual preventive care visits. When you adhere to annual exams and blood work for your pet, you're eligible for the Free Vaccines for Life program. The program covers all your pet's core vaccines including DHLPP, DHPP, rabies, Bordetella, FVRCP and the FVRCP/FeLV combo. For more information, please contact us at (330) 825-9556.

Woman with a dog, two cats, and another dog: Pet Vaccinations in Norton

Avoiding Overvaccination

Overvaccination is a common concern among pet owners. To avoid overvaccination, our clinic follows strict vaccination protocols that outline a three-year booster for the most common vaccines: DHPP, FVRCP, and canine rabies. We still offer a one-year feline rabies vaccine because it is safer and more effective than the three-year vaccine. Additionally, we offer titer testing to determine whether your pet has an active immune response to a certain disease or if it is weakening. In this way, we can provide customized boosters to only the pets who need it.

Ask Us for More Information

Are you unsure if you’re due for pet vaccinations, or do you have questions about any of the vaccines we recommend? Contact us today at (330) 825-9556 to talk to our knowledgeable staff or to set up an appointment if you’re ready!


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