An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to vaccinating your pet!
Lucky for us, there are vaccines to help prevent many of the illnesses that affect our pets. Vaccinations have long been considered one of the easiest ways to help our pets live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines.
Vaccines are split into two categories – core pet vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core pet vaccinations are those recommended for every pet and are considered vital to all pets based on risk of exposure, severity of disease, or transmissibility to humans. Non-core vaccinations are dependent on your pet’s exposure risk. For example, where you live, if you board your pet frequently, and if your pet spends a great deal of time outdoors are only a few of the lifestyle choices that will determine the type of non-core vaccinations needed to keep your pet protected. Our veterinarians will discuss your options with you, and together you will determine what the best schedule for your pet is. If you are interested, additional information on dog and catvaccines can be found on the CVMA website.
We recommend having your puppy or kitten start their vaccination schedule at 8 weeks of age, as the natural immunity from their mother has declined by this time and they are therefore at risk for infection. Vaccinating your pet is important throughout your pet’s life in order to maintain adequate immunity against serious and potentially life threatening diseases. We believe prevention is always better than cure. Vaccinations are an integral part of your pet care plan and can help your pet enjoy a longer, healthier, and happier life – and what pet owner doesn’t want that?