Vaccinations

Our vaccination protocols are based on AAHA, AVMA and AAFP guidelines. We try to minimize the number of vaccines given over the lifetime of your pet, while offering necessary protection tailored to your pet’s exposures.

All pets, whether indoor or outdoor, are required by Massachusetts state law to have a current rabies vaccine for public health. Puppies and kittens are given an initial series of vaccines to build their immunity.

Core vaccines are recommended and administered to dogs and cats to protect them against highly contagious, prevalent, and potentially fatal diseases. Non-core vaccines are selectively recommended based on exposures due to geographic location and lifestyle and an assessment of risk/benefit ratio.

“The good folks at Riverbend get all the stars! We can’t thank them enough for their expertise, care and kindness.”

Heather and Jessica, South Hadley

“You can tell they love animals and this isn’t just a job. They care about the pets and the owners, and it shows through their work. I got many calls from Dr. White to check up on my sick kitty and see how we were all doing.”

Christine, Hadley

“I really could not have taken as good care of both Enzo and Chester without the education you all gave me. I am so grateful and I hope you all know what a great difference you made in my life and Enzo and Chester’s.”

Beth and Ernie, Northampton

“A gentle acknowledgement of the kindness in your practice. The greeting Leo got yesterday brings tears of happiness to my eyes as I write.”

Tammy and Chris, Leverett

“You and your staff have taken these frightening experiences and helped comfort us through these surgeries.”

Jim and Susan, Springfield