Vaccinations are essential in keeping your pet healthy and extending its life. When kept up-to-date, vaccines protect your dog or cat from contagious diseases that could make them very sick–even fatally ill. Some pet owners believe that indoor pets are safe from disease, but indoor pets can still contract airborne diseases through an open door or window. If a pet should ever accidentally get out of the home, or if there is a need to take it to a kennel, the veterinarian’s office, a grooming salon or any public place, being unvaccinated puts your pet at risk for a variety of serious illnesses.
Vaccines for Dogs and Cats
At Arrow Dog and Cat Hospital your pet’s health and its comfort are both important to us, that’s why we provide separate entrances and lobbies for cats and dogs. Getting vaccines is easy at our low-cost vaccine clinic. We provide vaccine packages for puppies and kittens as well as adult dogs and cats.
Core or “essential” vaccines for dogs include distemper, rabies, adenovirus (hepatitis) and parvovirus. Non-core vaccines are those which we don’t consider necessary in all circumstances. Some examples of non-core vaccines for dogs like kennel cough, Lyme disease, giardia or rattlesnake venom are considered optional. The importance of these vaccines depend on your dog’s lifestyle and risks.
The core vaccines for cats are feline distemper (panleukepenia), rabies, calicivirus and rhinotracheititis. Other feline vaccines to consider include feline leukemia and feline chlamydia. Our vets can help you discern which non-core vaccinations will most benefit your cat.
It’s important to remember that vaccines don’t provide instant protection for your pet. Some medications take several days or several doses to be fully effective. Staying on a recommended vaccination schedule is also vital. Waiting too long between an initial series of vaccines can render them useless, leaving your pet unprotected until the series can be administered in a timely manner.