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, 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.
Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core”
vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- DA2PP – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza (dogs)
- FDRC – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Distemper, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)
Another non-core, but suggested vaccination
for cats includes FeLV to protect against the feline leukemia virus.
For dogs, the following vaccines are
recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where
they’re socializing with other canines. Be sure to verify what
vaccinations are required by your boarding facility.
- Lyme Disease
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough or
- Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
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 Appanasha Pet Clinic 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 920-725-8307.
download our vaccine flyer.