Young animals are like kids–it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinating your pet is a very important way to protect his or her health. 

It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.

Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended for most pets. Core vaccines include:

  • Rabies (dogs and cats)
  • DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza (dogs)
  • Bordetella(dogs)
  • Leptospirosis (dogs) 
  • FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)
  • FELV-feline leukemia(cats) 

Other non-core, vaccines include the Canine influenza vaccine, which is recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other dogs, and the Lyme vaccine, which is recommended for dogs exposed to ticks.

It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to a disease. Our staff can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 707-839-9414.