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Pet Core Vaccines

Pet Core Vaccines - Cats & Dogs

Pet core vaccines are essential vaccinations that are recommended for all dogs and cats, regardless of their lifestyle or environment. These vaccines protect pets from highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases. The specific core vaccines for dogs and cats are as follows:

For Dogs:

  1. Canine Distemper Virus (CDV): Canine distemper is a viral disease that affects multiple organ systems and can be fatal. Symptoms include fever, coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy, and neurological signs.

  2. Canine Parvovirus (CPV): Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes severe gastrointestinal illness in dogs, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and in some cases, death.

  3. Canine Adenovirus (CAV) - Infectious Canine Hepatitis: This vaccine protects against two types of canine adenoviruses, one of which causes infectious canine hepatitis. Symptoms can range from mild respiratory signs to severe liver disease.

  4. Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is almost always fatal once clinical signs appear. Vaccination against rabies is not only important for the health of the dog but also required by law in many regions.

For Cats:

  1. Feline Herpesvirus (FHV-1): Also known as feline rhinotracheitis virus, FHV-1 causes upper respiratory tract infections in cats, with symptoms like sneezing, nasal discharge, and conjunctivitis.

  2. Feline Calicivirus (FCV): Calicivirus is another common cause of upper respiratory disease in cats and can also lead to oral ulcerations and lameness.

  3. Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV): Also known as feline distemper, this virus causes severe gastrointestinal illness and can be deadly, especially in kittens.

  4. Rabies: Just like in dogs, rabies vaccination is essential for the health of cats and is often required by law.

The frequency of these vaccinations can vary based on factors such as the pet's age, previous vaccination history, and local regulations. Most puppies and kittens receive a series of core vaccinations to build immunity, and then they may receive booster shots periodically throughout their lives.

It's crucial to consult with a veterinarian who can provide guidance on the appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet based on their individual needs and circumstances. Additionally, some non-core vaccines may be recommended based on your pet's lifestyle and potential exposure to specific diseases.

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