Like you, your pets need vaccines in order to stay healthy and protect them from harmful diseases. If you are a new pet owner and don’t know the shots that your pets need, you are in the right place. Below, we give you answers to frequently asked questions about vaccines.
Core vs Non-Core Vaccines
The vaccines are given to your dog or cat fit into two categories: core vs non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are the shots that veterinarians recommend that your pet has as a puppy or kitten. They will protect your pet from harmful viral diseases. They are:
- Adenovirus (Canine Hepatitis)
Core Vaccines for Your Cat
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis)
Non-Core Vaccines For Your Dog
- Canine Influenza
- Adenovirus Intranasal
Non-Core Vaccines For Your Cat
- Feline leukemia virus
- Chlamydophila felis
- Feline immunodeficiency virus
You’ll notice that some of the non-core vaccines, such as Bordetella, are bacterial vaccines. These vaccines have a low-efficiency rate with a high probability of adverse reactions. This means that they should be rarely used, and if they are used, careful consideration must be put into the risk of having the vaccination versus not having it.
If you plan on getting any of these vaccinations, it is crucial that you know how long they last and how to care for your pet after.
Why You Should Not Over-Vaccinate Your Pet
There are many vaccinations available that you may start to think that your pet needs more than they actually do. Over-vaccinating your pet can be very dangerous for him or her as all vaccines have a potential adverse reaction. They can range from mild reactions, such as soreness, to more severe ones, like anaphylactic shock. If your pet is already protected, secondary vaccinations don’t make them more immune to diseases.
Before Your Appointment
Your veterinarian will need some information on your pet, so take notes with you on:
- Names and doses of any medication that your pet is on
- The food he/she eats
- Their eating habits
- Their toilet habits
- Past medical records, including their vaccine history
Questions to Ask Your Vet Before Vaccinating Your Pet
- Is my pet already immune to the disease?
- Is my pet sick?
- How should I care for my pet after the vaccination(s)?
At Eglinton HWy 10 Vet, we know that your pet is a part of your family, and treat them as such. We aim to create a warm and inviting environment that you and your pet will be comfortable in. For all of your pet vaccination needs, contact us today.