There are many, many different kinds of diseases that can endanger your pets. To ensure a quality life for your pet, we have a recommended vaccine schedule so that you and your pet can stay healthy.
We classify vaccines as core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are recommended for pets of all ages and lifestyle considerations, and non-core vaccines are given based on lifestyle factors, such as age, health status, and risk of exposure. This classification takes into account vaccines that are either required by law or essential for a healthy pet, and prevents over vaccination. We strongly recommend all core vaccines, and recommend non-core vaccines on a case by case basis.
Core Canine Vaccines
- DHPP vaccination protects against four diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. These diseases are all caused by viruses with no known cure, therefore, vaccination is the primary way to keep dogs protected. These diseases are also highly contagious, and it’s important to note that dogs of all ages are at risk of becoming infected.
- Rabies vaccination prevents dogs from contracting this deadly infection. Vaccination is required by law.
Core Feline Vaccines
- FVRCP vaccination prevents feline distemper, a serious and contagious (cat-cat only) virus that causes respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, nervous system damage, and possibly death.
- Rabies vaccination prevents cats from contracting this deadly infection. Vaccination is required by law.
Non-core Canine Vaccines
- Bordetella vaccination prevents kennel cough, a highly contagious condition that causes a dry hacking cough that can persist for over six weeks.
- Leptospirosis vaccination is passed from rats and wildlife to dogs and people. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, and kidney failure.
- Lyme vaccination prevents tick-borne diseases.
- Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccination prevents the spread of dog flu.
Non-core Feline Vaccines
- FeLV vaccination protects against Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Both of these conditions are chronic and fatal.
- Calicivirus vaccination is highly contagious, and causes severe upper respiratory infections and flu-like symptoms.
A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria. To do this, certain molecules from the pathogen must be introduced into the body to trigger an immune response. All vaccines administered at Parkville Animal Hospital are safe and carefully controlled.
It’s important to note that keeping up with a vaccine schedule protects your pet, but also protects the rest of the pet community.