Vaccinations can stop many life-threatening infections and those that can spread to humans and those that affect wildlife. Pets should receive immunizations when pups or kittens because their developing immune systems require protection to remain healthy.
Although there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, the advantages of vaccinations far outweigh any potential drawbacks. When they do happen, adverse reactions are typically mild and transient.
Which shots does your pet need to receive? For most pets, “core” vaccinations are advised—and possibly required by law. Basic vaccinations include:
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza (dogs)
- FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)
- Lyme Disease (dogs)
- Leptospirosis (dogs)
FeLV, which guards against feline leukemia, is another optional but highly advised vaccination for cats. If a dog frequents dog parks, boarding kennels, or other environments where canines socialize, bordetella and canine influenza vaccinations are recommended.
It’s also crucial to remember that even indoor-only pets should have vaccinations because they could come into contact with a disease. Based on your pet’s age, health, and way of life, your veterinarian at Mendon Animal Clinic can advise you regarding the vaccinations that are necessary or advisable for them. Call us at 508-478-7387 for additional information or to make an appointment.
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