In the first few weeks of life, your pet receives the nutrients and antibodies it needs from its mother to stay protected from illness and disease.
Why Does My Pet Need Vaccinations?
Pets can be very incredible companions, but they can also pick up many illnesses and diseases that can threaten their lives, as well as put your family at risk. Regular pet care exams and vaccinations are a good way to prevent these illnesses and diseases from impacting your pet.
These vaccines can also save you a great deal of money over time. They decrease the risk of your pet getting sick, which means lowering the chances of you having to pay for expensive treatments.
Additionally, many areas require that all household pets have specific vaccinations, such as rabies. Both cats and dogs are typically required to have the rabies vaccination, as this deadly disease can spread easily.
What Is the Difference Between Core and Non-Core Vaccinations?
Core vaccines are the recommended vaccines for pets, usually according to the area in which they live. This is because the illnesses and diseases these vaccinations protect against are common in that area.
Non-core vaccines are those that aren’t necessary for every pet in that area. They depend on the pet’s lifestyle and other factors. For example, if you often travel with your pet, your veterinarian might recommend specific vaccinations to ensure they are protected from diseases in the areas you travel to.
Which Vaccinations Does My Pet Need?
Core vaccinations can vary according to location, but you’ll find that some locations may consider distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and rabies core vaccines for dogs.
Core vaccines for cats may include feline herpesvirus, calicivirus, feline distemper, feline leukemia, and rabies.
Non-core vaccines vary depending on different factors that may include lifestyle, location, and breed.
Again, these can vary according to lifestyle and location. A veterinarian on our team can walk you through the specific core and non-core vaccines that your pet needs.
How Often Will My Pet Need Vaccinations?
Usually, puppies and kittens will get a series of vaccinations early in life. After that, some vaccines may need a booster every one to three years, but this will depend on which specific vaccines your pet needs. Your veterinarian will give you a more concrete answer at your visit.
Schedule Your Pet Care Exam and Vaccinations with Our Hiawatha, KS, Animal Hospital.
If you have more questions or it’s been a while since your pet’s last exam, our team is here for you. Call us for NEK Veterinary Services at (785) 742-2147 to schedule your pet exam appointment today.