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There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to our most common questions.

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At Bear Paw Veterinary Service, we get a ton of interesting questions from pet parents. Below are some common FAQs that might help answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call us at 406-265-8901 for any other concerns you might have about your pet.

When should I get my puppy vaccinated?
  • Puppies 6-8 weeks of age and older can receive the DHPP which is, distemper, parvo, hepatitis, and parainfluenza. This vaccine is essential for your puppy, as these viruses can be life-threatening. They will need to return at ages 10-12 weeks for a booster and again at 14-16 weeks for their final vaccine booster.
  • At 12 weeks of age, they can receive the Rabies vaccine, which is required by law.
When should I get my kitten vaccinated?
  • Kittens 6-8 weeks are able to recieve the FVRCP vaccine. Which stands for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici and panleukopenia. This is an essential vaccine for your growing kitten. They will get this vaccine boosted at 10-12 weeks and again at 14-16 weeks.
  • At 12 weeks, your kitten will be able to receive the Rabies vaccine, which is required by law.
What are some other vaccines my Dog can get?
  • Bordatella, which protects against kennel cough and is usually required if you are boarding your pet.
  • Leptospirosis, which is a good vaccine for dogs who spend a lot of time outside with wildlife, as the disease is transmitted through lakes, streams, and puddles where wildlife urinate.
  • Canine Influenza, which is another vaccine that may be required if your pet were to be boarded in a facility that has the possibility to transmit the virus.
  • We are also offering a Rattlesnake vaccine that slows the spread of the venom should your dog get bit. You will still need to seek veterinary care when you realize your dog has been bitten.
What are some other vaccines my cat can get?
  • We offer a Leukemia vaccine for your cat. It is an important vaccine for felines to have up to date if they are living outside and come in contact with other, unknown cats.
Besides vaccination, what other things does my pet need?
  • There are a few seasonal recommendations for canines. They are heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention. These are early spring-summer recommendations for our canine friends. Some cats will benefit from flea/tick prevention.