Annual Vaccines

The importance of vaccinating your animals each year is sometimes lost or not seen when our cats and dogs look, feel, and act healthy. Bringing your animals to a veterinary clinic for their annual vaccines sometimes slips our minds or “our animals seem fine, they don’t really need vaccines this year do they?”. Vaccinations against the diseases we are trying to prevent are not only important for your pet but also everyone else’s!

Herd immunity is a term we use to describe how vaccines not only protect an individual but also the rest of the “herd”. The following figure shows how herd immunity works. As you can see, those who chose not to vaccinate put not only themselves but others at risk for the spread of diseases.



For adult canines, our annual vaccines at Chenoweth Animal Hospital include: Rabies, Bordetella, and Distemper/Parvo with Leptospirosis. For adult felines we recommend Rabies, FVRCP and Feline Leukemia if your cat goes outside at all. We encourage our clients to vaccinate yearly with these. If not, at least check their animals antibody titers to make sure they have the ability to fight off these diseases.

Rabies and Leptospirosis are especially important because we as humans can contract these diseases from our pets if they are infected. Public health is directly related to care of our pets. We have seen a dog contract Leptospirosis here at Chenoweth Animal Hospital in the last month. It can be spread via deer, raccoons, opossums and skunks.

Lyme Disease and Canine Influenza are other diseases which are prevalent these days. We vaccinate for these as well. They are diseases which are not “core vaccines” but are “lifestyle dependent”. Lyme is spread through ticks which we see a lot of here in Louisville and the surrounding areas. Canine Influenza is an emerging disease which can cause life threatening illness in dogs, especially ones that have an increased chance of exposure. That would include dogs traveling to areas where Influenza has been diagnosed, show dogs, dogs that board often and dogs that frequent dog parks.

If you have questions about vaccines or anything else please feel free to leave a comment or call us at 502-893-5533!

Banks Douglass, DVM

Tick Associated Diseases

I have noticed an upswing in the tick population and tick associated diseases this year. Our practice is unfortunately seeing more evidence of Lyme Disease and Ehrlichia. These and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are all associated with tick exposure. My own dogs in Eastern Jefferson County have been treated for Lyme Disease and Ehrlichia this spring.

These diseases are serious and can be fatal, we humans are also at risk with tick exposure. Consequently, I am recommending Lyme vaccination for all my canine patients at risk. The Lyme vaccine has been proven safe and effective. We sadly have no vaccine for the other tick born illnesses, so tick prevention is key.

Also, we are happy to advise you on our current flea and tick prevention recommendations. The external parasite situation is fluid with the Kentucky weather, and we will always strive to give you up to date advice.

-Dr. Ann Nevils

About Chenoweth Animal Hospital

The Clinic

Chenoweth Animal Hospital has been serving the veterinary needs of St. Matthews area and surrounding communities since 1985. We were founded by Dr. Ann T. Nevils,a 1981 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Veterinarians

Ann Tyler Nevils, DVM

Dr. Nevils is an Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate. Dr. Nevils opened Chenoweth Animal Hospital in 1985 in the building next door, 100 Bauer Avenue. At the time, she had a staff of three and a growing clientele of 1000 patients. Dr. Nevils specializes in canine and feline medicine with the occasional equine farm call.

Michelle Mattingly, DVM

Dr. Mattingly is an Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She has been in the veterinary field since the age of 16 which inspired her to become a veterinarian. She was born and raised in Kentucky and has 5 dogs and a new baby!

Banks Douglass, DVM

Dr. Douglass is an Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate.  He was born and raised in Lexington, KY.  He has practiced in Birmingham, AL for the past 4 years.  In his spare time he enjoys listening to music and being outdoors.