Pet vaccinations are a very important part of pet care. If you have cats, dogs, or other animals in your family, you should take preventative pet care seriously. Vaccinations are among the best types of preventative medicine you can provide for your pet. Another essential part of keeping your pets safe is using flea and tick prevention. These parasites being with them a host of health issues that can have serious consequences for your pets. Our veterinarians at Lakeville Animal Hospital provide a range of preventative measures to keep pets in Lakeville, Middleborough, and the surrounding areas happy and healthy for years to come.
Pet Vaccinations Explained
Many dangerous diseases can afflict your pets. Without vaccinations, these diseases often prove to be deadly. At the very least, the disease can make your pet very sick and require expensive and invasive forms of treatment. When it comes to the health of people and pets, preventative medicine is best.
If your dog or cat contracts rabies, for example, it is almost always fatal without being vaccinated. By regularly vaccinating your animals, you can greatly reduce the risk that your pets will contract rabies even if they are exposed to it. Besides rabies, many other dangerous diseases can be prevented with vaccines. Let’s take a look at some of the common dog and cat vaccinations available.
What Vaccines Are Right for Your Pet?
With dogs, cats, and other animals, there are a variety of vaccines that are available to protect your pets. Vaccines typically fall into two groups: core and non-core vaccines. A core vaccine is a vaccine that every pet should get regardless of their lifestyle or where they live. Non-core vaccines are often optional and will depend on your pet’s lifestyle and where it lives.
Core dog vaccines include:
- canine parvovirus
- canine hepatitis
Core cat vaccines include:
- feline calicivirus
- feline herpesvirus type I
As we have already mentioned, cats and dogs may also get non-core vaccines based on their lifestyle and where they live. Let's take a look.
Non-core dog vaccines include:
- canine influenza
- Lyme Disease
Non-core cat vaccines include:
Get Your Pet Vaccinated at Lakeville Animal Hospital
If you live in Lakeville or Middleborough and your pet is not vaccinated, call our veterinarians at Lakeville Animal Hospital today at (508) 947-1309 to schedule an appointment. We will perform an examination and create a vaccination schedule designed to keep your furry friend protected.