Cat and Dog Vaccines 101

Vaccination is an essential part of preventative pet healthcare. Here, your Ashburn, VA vet goes over the basics of vaccination for your cat or dog.

What Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

All pets will need the core vaccines, which protect against particularly common and/or dangerous diseases. Cats and dogs most often receive the core vaccines in a batch when they’re as young as six weeks old. Some examples of core vaccinations include those that protect against distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, feline leukemia (FeLV), calicivirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

What About Non-Core Vaccines?

Non-core vaccines, as you may have guessed, benefit some animals but aren’t considered essential for all pets—it depends on exposure risk, environment, pre-existing health concerns, and other factors. Some examples include the Bordetella vaccine (which protects against kennel cough) and the feline immunodeficiency virus vaccine. Ask your vet what non-core vaccines may benefit your pet.

How Do I Get My Pet the Proper Vaccinations?

Does your pet need vaccinated? Do you have further questions on the vaccination process or about the shots that your pet requires to stay healthy? Make an appointment at your veterinarian Ashburn, VA. We’re here to serve all of your most important pet-care needs!

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