Vaccination requirements will vary from pet to pet depending upon several different factors including their species, age, activity level, health status, the likelihood of disease exposure, etc. Our veterinarian will talk with you and ask a number of questions about your pet and their lifestyle in order to determine a vaccination schedule that meets their particular healthcare needs.
There are a few vaccinations that are considered to be essential for all cats and dogs. These are called core vaccines. For example, the primary core vaccine for both cats and dogs is the vaccination against rabies.
Dogs must also receive vaccination for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus, which is delivered via the DHHP combination vaccine. Another core vaccine for cats is FVRCP, which protects them from feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. It’s important that your pet receives these core vaccinations in order to get the disease protection that they require.
There are some vaccinations that may or may not be recommended for your pet based on their lifestyle and risk of exposure. These are called non-core vaccines. The vaccines for kennel cough, Lyme, coronavirus, and feline leukemia are a few examples of non-core vaccines.
Your vet may recommend one of these if they determine your pet will likely be exposed to the disease. For example, if your dog visits doggie daycare on a regular basis, the Bordetella vaccination will be necessary to protect your pet from kennel cough. Or if your cat is an indoor/outdoor pet, it’s often recommended that they are vaccinated for feline leukemia.
If you have any questions about which vaccines your dog or cat may require, feel free to contact us at (914) 241-3337. We look forward to talking with you about your pet’s healthcare needs!
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