When it comes to dogs and cats, there are many things to consider to keep them free of diseases. Annual wellness exams, parasite control, dental cleanings…the list goes on and on. Vaccinating should also be on the list, as this is one of the most effective ways to keep a pet healthy and protected. Pet vaccines help fortify the immune system by using antigens which act the same way as a virus or disease in the body, but without the full symptoms. This exposure leads to the production of antibodies. As a result, if a pet is ever exposed to the real illness for which they were vaccinated, their body will be equipped to combat it.
As an AAHA-accredited hospital, Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital meets the highest standards in veterinary medicine with our services, including vaccinations. We offer more than a dozen core and non-core vaccines to keep your canine or feline companion healthy. After all, isn’t that what every loving pet owner wants?
Core Vs. Non-Core Pet Vaccines
The lifestyle of one pet compared to another can be very similar or drastically different. You might have a dog that spends most of their time indoors or a cat that loves to sunbathe on the lawn. This is why there are two categories of vaccines for dogs and cats: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that are universally recommended by veterinarians because they protect against potentially serious or even fatal illnesses—some of which can be transmitted to humans. Non-core vaccines are recommended only if a pet has a high risk of exposure to a certain illness.
We offer the following core and non-core pet vaccines for our canine and feline patients:
· Distemper (core)
· Hepatitis (core)
· Parvovirus (core)
· Parainfluenza (core)
· Rabies (core)
· Bordetella (non-core)
· Leptospirosis (non-core)
· Panleukopenia (core)
· Calici virus (core)
· Rhinotracheitis (core)
· Rabies (core)
· Feline leukemia/FeLV (non-core)
· Feline immunodeficiency virus/FIV (non-core)
· Chlamydia (non-core)
We can determine which vaccines are necessary for YOUR pet, and how often they need to be updated, during the wellness visits. Since vaccine antibodies eventually wear off, vaccines need to be updated every 1-3 years. Give us a call at 603-898-8982 if you’d like to learn more about our pet vaccination services here in Windham, or if you need to make an appointment.