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Protecting Your Furry Friend: The Importance of Pet Core Vaccines.

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

It is essential to vaccinate your pet. Vaccinations help protect your furry friend from potentially deadly diseases such as rabies, distemper, and hepatitis. Not only does vaccination keep your pet healthy, but it also prevents the spread of disease to other animals and humans. Additionally, some vaccinations are required by law, so check with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. Remember, prevention is critical to your pet's health and well-being.

One great option for ensuring that your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations is having a mobile vet visit your home to administer them. This can be particularly helpful if your pet gets anxious or stressed during car rides or visits to the vet's office. By having a mobile vet come to you, you can provide a more comfortable and familiar environment for your furry friend while ensuring they receive the care they need to stay healthy. Be sure to discuss the option of mobile vaccination with your veterinarian to see if it is a good fit for your pet.

A vet examining a feline patient
My Vet At Home Vet Visit

Pet vaccines are medical preparations administered to dogs, cats, and sometimes other animals like ferrets or rabbits, to provide immunity against specific infectious diseases. Like humans, vaccines for pets stimulate the immune system to produce an immune response without causing the actual disease. This helps the animal's body build up defenses against the disease so that if they are exposed to the pathogen in the future, their immune system can quickly respond and prevent or lessen the severity of the illness.

Common pet vaccines include those for:

  1. Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system and is often fatal. It can also be transmitted to humans. Rabies vaccines are typically required by law in many places.

  2. Distemper: Distemper is a viral disease that affects multiple body systems, including the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. It can be deadly, especially in puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

  3. Parvovirus: Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract, causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. It is hazardous for puppies.

  4. Canine Adenovirus: This virus can cause respiratory and liver infections in dogs. It's often included in combination vaccines.

  5. Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted to both animals and humans. It affects the liver and kidneys.

  6. Bordetella: This vaccine protects against a bacterium that causes kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection.

  7. Feline Herpesvirus, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia: These vaccines protect against common respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses in cats.

  8. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): FeLV is a viral disease that can weaken a cat's immune system and lead to other health issues.

Vaccination schedules for pets vary based on age, health status, lifestyle, and local disease prevalence. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate vaccines and vaccination schedule for your pet.

It's essential to keep your pet's vaccinations up-to-date to ensure their health and prevent the spreading of infectious diseases. Always consult your veterinarian for guidance on your pet's vaccination needs.


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