Golden Paws Veterinary Service and Housecalls

Norfolk, VA 23518



Preventative Care



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Vaccinations & Titers

At Golden Paws we are committed to providing quality veterinary care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive and wellness care for your beloved fur baby to early detection and treatment of a wide range of animal conditions, diseases and surgical care, Golden Paws Veterinary Service and Housecalls has the expertise to provide the veterinary care your pet needs. We use only the safest vaccinations, tailor vaccination recommendations to each patient’s individual needs and offer vaccine titres to outside labs when indicated. 

There are a variety of life threatening, but preventable diseases, which affect our unvaccinated pets and other animals. This makes proper vaccination and titer monitoring vital in protecting our furry family members from illnesses they are susceptible to. It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region and to review with us both life-style and travel plans involving your pet. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet. Our mission is to be each pet parent’s partner, by working together to make the most informed decisions, to keep each patient healthy and happy and to protect them from preventable diseases!

If your pet has had an allergic reaction to a vaccine or injection in the past, we can premedicate with Benadryl and sometimes an injectable steroid.  We will also not push any vaccines that we feel are not needed for your animal.  We will also provide you with a rabies certification so that you can register your pet with your local county/city.

Vaccines offered for our canine patients include: Leptospirosis, Lyme, DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvo), Rabies, Bordetella and Influenza.


Core Vaccines

Recommended for all puppies and dogs by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force:

  • Canine Distemper Virus
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Adenovirus-2 (hepatitis)
  • Rabies Virus


Non-Core Vaccines

Recommended for puppies and dogs in special circumstances, dependent on the exposure risk of an individual dog by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force:

  • Leptospira Species
  • Borrelia Burgdorferi (or Lyme Disease)
  • Canine Parainfluenza Virus
  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica (or Kennel Cough)
  • Canine Influenza


Vaccines offered for our feline patients include: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia), Feline Leukemia Purevax, and Rabies Purevax


At this time, core vaccines, as recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) for all kittens and cats, include the following:

  • Feline Panleukopenia (FPL), also known as feline infectious enteritis or feline distemper, caused by FPL virus or feline parvovirus (FPLV).
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR), also known as herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1) caused by FVR virus.
  • Feline Caliciviral Disease caused by various strains of Feline Caliciviruses (FCV).
  • Rabies caused by Rabies Virus.


Non-core (discretionary, or optional vaccines), as recommended by the AAFP for kittens and cats with a risk of exposure to specific diseases:

  • Feline chlamydiosis caused by Chlamydophila felis infection. (we do not carry this)
  • Feline leukemia disease complex caused by feline leukemia virus (FeLV). (we carry this vaccine)
  • Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) caused by FIP virus or feline coronavirus. (we do not carry this)
  • Bordetellosis caused by the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica (we do not carry this)



Microchips Save Lives

It is important to consider microchipping every pet. Ask us for details but, sadly, we have seen it all….. the senior dog who wanders off and gets lost, the happy puppy who had a bath then ran out the door, the indoor cat who got spooked and slipped past house guests…

Bottom line Microchips keep your pet safe and reunite you! Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing.  Since traditional collars are not safe for cats (hanging risk), and the “safety collars” come off easily, microchipping is the only way to truly identify cats. Indoor cats are especially clueless if they slip outdoors. If a cat is injured on the side of the road, it is imperative that he/she is microchipped so you can be reached immediately and your kitty get the veterinary care needed.

Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring him/her back home can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should he/she ever become lost. Microchipping implants a tiny chip underneath your pet’s skin, much like a vaccination. It is a painless, fast, and safe to implant a microchip. The microchip is registered with your pet’s vital information, and can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal shelter so that they can return your pet directly to you.

There are no yearly fees for the microchip registration. It is important to update contact information with the microchip company when you move and to list a permanent back up contact.