August is National Immunization Month. There are several good reasons to keep up on your pet’s vaccinations. They prevent many pet illnesses. They can help avoid costly treatments for preventable diseases. Vaccines prevent diseases that can pass between animals as well as from animals to adults. They protect your pet from diseases that are prevalent in nature such as distemper and rabies. Also, vaccines are often required by local or state ordinances so vaccinating your pet can help you keep your status as an upstanding, law-abiding pet parent.
What is the difference between core vaccinations and non-core vaccinations?
Core vaccinations are those that are deemed necessary for all pets everywhere. Non-core vaccinations are location specific or lifestyle specific. For example, Bordetella isn’t required unless your pet is around a lot of other pets or is boarded.
For dogs, core vaccines include canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccinations for dogs include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.
Core vaccinations for cats include vaccines for panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines for cats include vaccines for feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus.
When in doubt, ask your vet what immunizations your pet needs based on their overall health and local and state ordinances.
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