Your pet’s health is our top concern at Kremer Veterinary Services. Just like humans, animals need vaccines to reduce their risk of disease and enjoy long, healthy lives. Safeguarding your four-legged friend’s health begins when you first bring your pet home and continues throughout your pet’s life.
Core Vaccinations For Puppies
We recommend that puppies begin their vaccine series at 6 weeks of age, and continue at 8, 10, 12 and 16 weeks. Some vaccines will also require a booster to ensure their effectiveness. Your veterinarian will offer ongoing guidance throughout the vaccination process.
• Bordetella (kennel cough)
• Distemper combo (distemper, parvo, hepatitis, parainfluenza and leptospirosis)
• Rabies (required by state law)
Non-Core Vaccines For Dogs
Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, age and breed, non-core vaccinations may also be appropriate.
Our veterinarians are increasingly recommending the following vaccines because of a rise in prevalence of the diseases they help prevent:
Our goal at KVS is to provide the safest, most effective vaccine schedule for your pet.
Core Vaccines For Felines
We also recommend a core vaccine series for our feline patients beginning at 6 weeks and continuing at 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 weeks.
These shots are dispersed between visits, and include the following: • Rabies (required by state law)
• Feline distemper combo
• Feline leukemia disease
**For indoor cats, a feline leukemia and FIV test can substitute for leukemia vaccination.
Cost of Vaccines
Vaccines are charged on an as-needed basis with an initial visit fee of $39.50*. There is no charge for subsequent vaccine visits.
Costs For Dogs
• K9 distemper combo (series of 5 shots as a puppy and annually): $34.80*
• Bordetella intranasal (series of 2 shots, as a puppy and at six months): $18.60*
• Influenza (initial series of 2, then annually): $36.00*
• Lyme (series of 2 shots then annual): $27.80*
• Rabies 1 year vaccine: $20.00 (tag fee extra)*
• Rabies 3 year vaccine available after one year of age: $43.95 (tag fee extra)*
Costs For Cats
• Feline distemper combo, including rhinotracheitis, calici, panleukopenia, chlamydia psittaci viruses (series of 5 as a kitten, then annually): $26.80*
• Feline leukemia (initial series of two, then annually) $26.80*
Routine Dental Health
Because poor dental hygiene can lead to many pet health problems, your pet’s teeth also require care and cleaning – starting at home. Brushing kits, including pet-safe toothpaste, are widely available. Every time your pet is examined, the veterinarian will look for signs of plaque buildup, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Complete professional dental cleanings are also an excellent way to safeguard your pet's comprehensive health. Because the procedure involves checking under the gum line where diseases often lurk, your pet is likely to require anesthesia. We also recommend standard pre-surgical blood work, IV fluid therapy and pain medication. During the procedure, the veterinarian will perform a professional scaling and polishing of your pet’s teeth in order to completely remove plaque and tartar. We also polish your pet’s teeth to prevent plaque and bacteria from adhering to the tooth surface. Your dog or cat will be able to return home and resume all normal activities after the dental cleaning. Your veterinarian will also provide a full report on your pet’s health, along with recommendations for follow-up care.
Cost of Dental Cleaning
The cost of professional dental cleaning is $200*. This includes anesthesia, dental scaling and polishing, and anti-bacterial rinse. (Tooth extractions are an additional cost.) IV fluids/Pre-surgical blood work are highly recommended and offered at an additional cost. Certain vaccines may be required for your pet, so please ask what your pet may be due for. Throughout the year, we also offer professional dental cleaning specials at KVS, including the following:
• September: $150.00*
• January and February: $150.00*
* Prices subject to change at any time.
Help Save Pets was originally founded as the Humane Society of Plainfield in 2000. Since then we have placed over 14,000 animals into loving homes. Each one of these animals was given shelter, food, medical aid and vaccinations and time to find the right home. Our doctors mended mutilated limbs and cured many illnesses so that these animals could get a second chance at good lives. We have grown and now operate out of 6 locations, not all of them in Plainfield. In 2008, we changed our name from the Humane Society of Plainfield to Help Save Pets, still HSP.
Dr. Tony Kremer owns 6 veterinary hospitals in the Chicagoland area and one in Ohio. He is the founder of Help Save Pets, an animal shelter which has saved more than 14,000 pets since 2000. Dr. Tony’s knowledge, insight, and advice are shared regularly with major media outlets across the nation and in the third largest market. Dr. Tony is also a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education Committee that routinely gets the word out about responsible pet ownership.