Whether you are adopting a new puppy or kitten or if your furry friend has been a part of your family for years, it is important to give them a baseline for good health. That means finding an animal hospital, like Dr. Jean Fromm, D.V.M. that you can count on for your pets' vaccinations as well as all of their other veterinary needs.
What Vaccinations Does My Pet Need?
Most pets need a combination of core and non-core vaccines. The main core vaccine for both cats and dogs is rabies, and it is required by law. Other core vaccines are designed to protect against serious diseases that dogs and cats are vulnerable to. These diseases cause extreme discomfort and can even be fatal.
Core and Non-core Vaccines for Dogs
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Hepatitis
Some diseases are a bigger risk for some dogs than others, depending on an owner's and dog's lifestyle. It is likely that your veterinarian will recommend some non-core vaccines along with the core ones. Common vaccines recommended for dogs include:
- Leptospira bacteria - Recommended for dogs with a high potential of being in content with livestock or wild animals
- Borrelia Burgdorferi - This Lyme disease vaccine is commonly recommended on the East Coast where Lyme disease is more prevalent. If you plan to travel with your dog or be in wooded areas, your dog's risk of tick exposure is higher and you may want to talk to your veterinarian about this vaccine.
- Bordetella – This vaccine is often recommended for dogs that will be social with other dogs, and is usually required for dogs to be boarded.
Core and Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Calcivirus
- Feline Herpes Virus Type I (rhinotracheitis)
Chlamydophila felis - There are certain areas where cats may be more at risk for this than others.
Feline leukemia virus - vaccine recommended for outside cats
Feline immunodeficiency virus- Recommended for outside cats
Bordetella - recommended for outside cats or cats that are occasionally boarded
Feeling Secure about Your Pet's Vaccinations
Getting shots is not a fun experience for anyone, animal or human, but they are all designed to limit the possibility of a serious illness so that we can live full and meaningful lives. That doesn't mean pet parents don't get anxious about vaccines sometimes. Dr. Fromm is empathetic to your concerns and is here to help guide you and your pet through any potential side effects. Vaccinations can sometimes cause mild discomfort, such as pain at the injection site, lethargy, or an upset stomach. You may notice that your pet is "not himself" for a day or two. It is important to discuss your concerns with your veterinarian and be prepared to bring your pet back in for another visit should the rare occasion arise of a more serious side effect.
We're Your Grand Junction Animal Hospital for Your Pet's Complete Health
Your pet will likely have many different special needs as he progresses through the different stages in his life. In addition to staying up to date on vaccines, your pets may experience injuries or may have digestive issues or allergies that may require them to be put on prescription diets. Regular visits to a dedicated veterinarian, like Dr. Jean Fromm, can help make sure your pets have quality care every step of the way. To learn more, contact Dr. Jean Fromm, D.V.M., P.C. in Grand Junction, Colorado at 970-434-0811 to schedule an appointment.