Vaccinations are scientifically proven to prevent a myriad of potentially deadly diseases. Some vaccines even protect the public from diseases too; for example, the rabies vaccine. Rabies is therefore a legally mandated vaccine for all dogs and cats.

Vaccinations work by exposing the immune system to a small amount of the disease-causing germs of a particular malady. This gives the immune system a chance to manufacture specific antigens that can fight the disease. After this training course, if the animal is ever exposed to the disease again in the environment, their immune system will be prepared to combat infection.

Our list of core vaccinations that all pets need include:

  • For Dogs: rabies, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis
  • For Cats: rabies, distemper, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis

Non-core vaccines may be recommended based on lifestyle and risk of exposure for certain pets. For example, dogs or cats who spend a large amount of time outside or around other animals might be candidates. Non-core vaccines include:

  • For Dogs: bordetella (kennel cough), Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
  • For Cats: Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (feline AIDS)

Most vaccines are administered annually for adult animals. Sometimes a booster may be warranted if the owner believes the animal was more likely to be exposed to a certain disease, for example if they were attacked by another animal.

Our veterinarians stay abreast of the latest scientific research on vaccines to inform their decisions about frequency and amount. If you have any questions about your our vaccine protocol regarding your pet, feel encouraged to ask one of our doctors.

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