A healthy pet is a happy pet, so preventive care to keep your pet healthy is ever-important. Pet vaccinations are a big part of keeping your dog or cat healthy and happy for the years to come. At Inspire Animal Hospital, we offer both core and non-core vaccinations for both dogs and cats.
Core Pet Vaccinations
Core Dog Vaccinations
Dogs should have specific core vaccinations to protect them from canine-specific diseases. Those core vaccines include:
- Canine Parvo
- Canine Distemper
Non-core vaccinations may also be recommended for some dogs who may be at risk for other illnesses. For example, dogs that spend time in a pet-boarding facility may need a Bordetella vaccination. Always discuss the specific vaccination needs of your dog with your vet.
Core Cat Vaccinations
Felines can be prone to specific illnesses just like dogs. The core vaccinations your cat may need include:
- Feline Rhinotracheitis
- Feline Panleukopenia
- Feline Calicivirus
Cats may also need other, non-core vaccinations, depending on their usual living environment and whether they spend a lot of time with other felines. Be sure to discuss the specifics of your cat’s living environment to make sure they get the vaccinations they need.
When to Vaccinate Your Pets
Both dogs and cats obtain some immunity while feeding from their mother after birth. However, soon after, the protective immunity delivered through the mother’s milk begins to wane. Therefore, it is best to schedule an appointment for the initial pet vaccinations soon after a dog or cat is weaned.
The Importance of Pet Vaccinations
Pet vaccinations help ensure your dog or cat is protected from the illnesses and diseases that they can be exposed to in their environments. Some of these illnesses can be deadly and especially difficult to treat. Not only do vaccinations protect your pet, but they can also protect other pets who may come in contact with them down the road.
Protect Your Animals with the Appropriate Vaccines
With so many benefits of pet vaccinations, this form of preventive care is ever-important for your beloved dog or cat. If you have a dog or cat that is yet to get its core vaccinations, reach out to us to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Highlands Ranch, CO.