Required Vaccines

For those new to our facility: Show proof of core vaccinations to your groomer on your first appointment.

For dogs over 6 months,  proof of Rabies Vaccination is the law. Pets should have Rabies Tags with them at all times, this is easily done by keeping your pets tag on your pets collar, and simply leaving the collar during grooming.

It has been brought to our attention by the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center that if a county tag is not purchased at the time your pet is immunized against Rabies, your vets office is required to report your decision and indicate “declined tag” to our governing authority. This report to animal services may result in a penalty of no less than $100.00 for you the pet owner, as well as a fine to their facility and its doctors.

Effective July 15, 2019, if your pet is current on its rabies vaccination but the vaccination was not performed at our facility, you can still obtain a county tag: Please take your proof of rabies vaccination from the other facility over to Hillsborough County Animal Services at the address given below. If you no longer live in Hillsborough County, you should take your pet‘s rabies certificate(s) to your county’s animal services bureau and properly complete the registration there.

Please adhere to the local ordinances (illustrated below) when rabies vaccinating your pet. It is good medical practice and it is the law. Should you have any further questions, please contact:

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center
440 N Falkenburg Rd
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 744-5660

Dog, Cat, and Ferret Vaccination Ordinance – Article II Sec. 6-21: “All dogs, cats, and ferrets that are four months of age or older must be vaccinated for rabies in accordance with F.S. Section 828.30, as may be amended and owned dogs, cats, and ferrets shall be vaccinated annually for rabies.”
What it means: All pets that are older than four months need to be up to date with their rabies vaccinations, either every year or every three years depending on the vaccine. Follow up with your vet and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. If cited for a failure to vaccinate, the fines are at least $100 and up to $500 for multiple violations.
Dog, Cat, and Ferret Registration and License Ordinances – Article II Sec. 6-22: “All dogs, cats, and ferrets that are four months of age or older must be registered with the Department. The length of time that such registration will remain valid shall be based upon the type of license purchased, but shall not exceed the expiration of the animal’s rabies vaccination.
What it means: All pets that are older than four months need to have a registration tag that is renewed regularly, either every year or every three years depending on your rabies vaccine. Proof of a rabies vaccination, either one or three year version, is required in order to get a tag for your pet. Tags can be purchased through Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center or with your veterinarian. If cited for a failure to license, the fines are at least $100 and up to $500 for multiple violations.

Bring proof of your dog’s core vaccinations or Titers for>
(below are often recorded together as DHPP):
. distemper (CDV),
. hepatitis (adenovirus) (CAV),
. parvovirus (CPV),
. parainfluenza (CPiV)

And recommended but not required:
Bordetella (may have been combined with parainfluenza).
Canine Flu  H3N8 and H3N2.

If you choose to not keep these vaccinations up to date, then you
must take full responsibility for your pets health care needs should the pet become infected due to a contagious virus ( no different than if you contract the flu in a public space. )

If you have a puppy, please consult with your vet to verify that your puppy has the proper vaccinations up to date to come to the salon.  Each Veterinarian has different protocols, and we prefer that you follow your vets guidelines.

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This is the vaccination protocol I follow for my own dogs;

Core Vaccinations:


Remember, young puppies also have young immune systems and are susceptible to contagious diseases, do your best to keep them away from a lot of exposure until their immune system gets older and more effective. This means limited trips to the park or walks in the neighborhood. It is important to socialize your puppy but do not expose her/him to dogs or places that might expose him to risks. Puppies over eight weeks of age should receive the combination Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvo (DHP) vaccination three to four weeks apart until fifteen to sixteen weeks of age. The rabies* vaccination can be given as early as twelve weeks old but I prefer to have vaccinated between four to six months of age. (The county requires that it be given by four months of age+  ) The first rabies vaccination given is a one year vaccine.

Adult dogs:

One year after the last puppy DHP vaccine your dog should receive a 3 year DHP vaccination. Then one month, or more, later a three year rabies vaccine can be given. Dogs older than one year, who are up to date on their vaccinations, can receive a DHP vaccine every three years or your vet can run titers (blood antibody levels) to determine his/her immunity and vaccinate as needed. You can discuss, and decide with your Vet, the pros and cons of both options. A Rabies vaccination will need to be given every three years unless it is demonstrated that your pet has a serious illness directly related to vaccination(s) at which point a one year medical exemption can be issued. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties allow medical exemptions for county licenses. An antibody titer can be run done to determine the level of protection but this test is not recognized by the county in lieu of vaccination.

Other Vaccines are the bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination unless your pet is going to be at a facility that requires it (boarding kennel, groomers, show circuit or training facility). (There is a homeopathic nosode that may give a temporary level of protection.) I recommend the K9 Influenza H3N8 and H3N2, Corona virus, Leptospirosis (I do not recommend Lepto ) and Lyme vaccinations ONLY for an animal that will be at high risk of exposure. Discuss your pet’s risk factors with your Vet and make this decision together.  I do not, at this point, suggest the Giardia or Ringworm vaccines.

Other important info I do suggest physical exams, heartworm tests and fecal tests be done on a yearly basis and that heartworm prevention be given on a monthly basis. I recommend the monthly preventative Heartgard Plus.

Remember, the best protection is a HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM and minimal exposure to viruses, either via vaccines or by natural exposure. High quality nutrition, toxin free air and water, exercise and a loving home environment are essential components of a healthy life.

*Homeopathic Lyssin 30C is recommended for pets receiving a rabies vaccine to ‘protect’ them from the potential harm that homeopathic theory believes the rabies vaccine can cause.  (Or constitutional homeopathic treatment can be started after vaccines are stopped.) + Remember, because rabies is a potential threat to human health, and therefore can be a legal issue, we need to follow acceptable protocol as closely as possible.

Protecting the pet is the owners responsibility, not mine. If you choose to have some vaccines, but not others, that is your decision. I recommend that you always follow your Vets advice, and study all materials available to you. Just like a human, a pet can catch a cold, flu, cough, or infectious disease anywhere. It is your duty as a pet owner to make your decision as to how to protect your pet. Some of the information listed on this page was copied from Animal Alternitives Veterinarians vaccination protocol.

AAHA Guidelines.