Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important, cost-effective steps you can take in protecting your animal companion from many serious or life-threatening diseases and illnesses. Vaccinations work by triggering a protective immune response that can help fight infections from a range of diseases. Most puppies and kittens require several rounds of vaccines to ensure their immune system is protected and strengthened.
Pet vaccinations can be broken down into two categories: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core pet vaccinations are those recommended for every companion animal, while non-core vaccines may be advised based on your dog or cat’s lifestyle. Even though some pets may be mostly “indoor” or “at-home” pets, if they board or go to a groomer frequently, they may be at risk. Be sure to discuss your pet’s unique lifestyle with our veterinarians so a personalized vaccination schedule can be developed for your animal friend.
Core vaccines to help maintain your dog’s health include:
- Adenovirus (canine hepatitis)
- Lyme disease
For more information on vaccinating your dog, see the Web MD article Core Dog Vaccinations.
Core vaccines to help maintain your cat’s health include:
- Feline distemper
- Feline herpesvirus
For more information on vaccinating your cat, see the Web MD article Core Vaccinations for Cats.