Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
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Whether you got your new pet from a shelter or a breeder, it is important that you work with a veterinarian to make sure that they are up to date on all vaccines. It is required under California law that all pets have up-to-date annual rabies vaccinations. Other standard vaccines are considered "core vaccines" and are administered to help prevent serious health complications and the spreading of potentially deadly diseases. At Media City Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of vaccinations for dogs and cats. Regardless of your pet's age, inquiring about "core" and "non-core" vaccines and boosters can help ensure that your companion animal is safe, healthy and happy. A Burbank veterinarian from our team can help you understand the benefits of vaccinations and assist you in creating a vaccine schedule.
Vaccinations for Cats
There are particular types of "core" vaccines that are often administered to kittens as young as six or eight weeks of age. These vaccines are crucial to your cat's health. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, "core" vaccines include:
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Calici Viruses
- Felines Herpes Virus Type I
"Non-core" vaccines that are often administered include Bordetella, chylamydophila felis, and feline leukemia virus vaccinations. Of course, the age, medical history and indoor or outdoor lifestyle of your case will determine what your vet will recommend.
Vaccinations for Dogs
Just like cats, dogs have their vaccines broken into "core" and "non-core" categories. Puppies will begin vaccine treatments as early as six weeks old, and some vaccines will require a second, third or fourth administration every few weeks. "Core" vaccines include:
- Canine Hepatitis
Most people will choose to provide their dogs with preventive vaccinations from the "non-core" category including Bordetella and leptospira bacteria. Your veterinarian can help you determine which will be right for your pet.
Does your pet need a vaccine?
Vaccines are important and an integral part of ensuring that your pet is healthy. While some dogs and cats do not need every "non-core" vaccine, others may greatly benefit from the administration of a preventive vaccination. You pet's lifestyle, where you live, and your pet's age can also play a significant factor in determining which "non-core" vaccinations may benefit your pet. For example, vaccines for canine parainfluenza can help prevent kennel cough, Lyme disease vaccines can benefit an outdoor dog, and even rattlesnake vaccines can assist in ensuring your pet is safe from the dangerous bites of rattlesnakes. Talking to your vet can help you determine which "non-core" vaccines may be right for you and help you establish a vaccination schedule for "core" vaccines. Contact Media City Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment!