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)