Young animals are like kids–it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, pet vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.
While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.
Types of Vaccines
Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core pet vaccines include:
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza (dogs)
- FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)
Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccination for cats includes FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For other dog vaccinations, Bordetella, Lepto, and Canine Influenza vaccines are discussed during annual physical exams and recommended if your pet’s lifestyle warrants them. For example, if your dog frequents dog parks, attends daycare, is boarded regularly, and spends time any place where they’re socializing with other canines.
Pet Vaccinations Near You
It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to a disease. Your Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (541) 747-5878.