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Pet Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations – Helena Veterinary Service

At Helena Veterinary Service we know how much you love your furry family members. Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Reisinger can help keep your pets healthy.

Kitten getting its first round of vaccination shots.

Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Reisinger - Veterinarians in Helena, MT

Dr. Armstrong makes it his mission to provide the best possible care for all animals. He has been a veterinarian at Helena Veterinary Service in Helena MT for several years. Dr. Armstrong has over 30 years of experience treating dogs, cats, pocket pets, farm animals, and even wild animals at a research and rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Armstrong feels it is very important that animals be vaccinated to help keep them healthy and happy.


Vaccinations play a vital role in any pets’ health. There are so many diseases that can be prevented by a simple vaccine. No one wants their four-legged furry family member to suffer for any reason especially when it could have been prevented.

Core Vaccinations

Kittens and puppies need a set of core vaccinations. These vaccinations are strongly recommended for pets in a specific geographical area to help protect them from common diseases they could easily come in contact with. Core vaccinations include the following:

Core Vaccinations for Cats (Kittens)

  • Rhinotracheitis - Feline Herpesvirus Type I
  • Feline Distemper – Panleukopenia
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Rabies

Core Vaccinations for Dogs (Puppies)

  • Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Rabies

We recommend pets (both kittens and puppies) be vaccinated at 3 to 4-week intervals with the last vaccination in the core series at 16 weeks of age.

Dogs generally have a rabies vaccination every year and indoor cats every 3 years – unless they live with dogs or outdoor cats then every year is recommended.

Non-Core Vaccinations

If you are uncertain about non-core vaccines talk to Dr. Armstrong or Dr. Reisinger at Helena Veterinary Service. They will be able to advise you on which vaccines you may want for your pets in addition to the core vaccines. This decision will be based on your pets’ lifestyle, medical history, and exposure risk to certain diseases and conditions. Non-Core vaccines include the following:


  • Chlamydophila Felis
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Bordetella


  • Borrelia Burgdorferi
  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica
  • Leptospira Bacteria

Laws – Mandatory Vaccinations

Each state has different mandatory regulations about vaccinations specifically for dogs and rabies. Most states either require dogs to have a rabies vaccine every year or every three years and proof of vaccine is always required.

Many states require that before adopting a dog or cat they must have their core vaccines before adoption.

Please visit the following link to educate yourself on city licensing laws and vaccinations. Lewis and Clark County: Animal Control

Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Reisinger at Helena Veterinary Service in Helena, MT are accepting new patients to make an appointment for an exam, preventive medicine, health care and vaccinations call (406) 442-6450 today.