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What You Need to Know about Pet Vaccinations

If you’re welcoming a new pet into your home, you need to get him vaccinated. Vaccinations are vital for protecting the health of your pets. Other forms of preventative care can also help protect your pets. Visit us at Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach and speak with our veterinarian about pet preventative care, including vaccines.

Why Do Pets Need Vaccinations?

Pets can contract many different diseases. Many diseases are hard or impossible to treat once your pet contracts them. Rabies, for example, is almost always fatal. However, if your pet is vaccinated before or immediately after being exposed to rabies, his prognosis is often quite good.

Vaccinations are typically divided into core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are vaccines every pet should get. Sometimes, core vaccines are even required by law. If you don’t get your pets vaccinated, you may find yourself facing legal issues.

Rabies is a common core vaccination for many species. When it comes to canines, parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis are also considered core vaccines. As for cats, FHV-1, FCV, and FPV are typically considered core vaccines.

Our vet may also recommend various non-core vaccines, including parainfluenza, Bordetella, and borrelia burgdorferi for dogs. For cats, some non-core vaccines include chlamydia and Bordetella.

With non-core vaccinations, our vet will typically examine your pet and his lifestyle to determine whether non-core vaccines are necessary. If your dog is going to be spending some time in a pet boarding house, for example, our vet will recommend the Bordetella vaccine.

On the other hand, if your pet doesn’t regularly spend time with other dogs, a Bordetella vaccine may not be needed.

Our veterinarian can also help with other types of preventative care. Our vet can help prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworms from infesting your cat, dog, or other pet. Nutritional advice too may improve your companion's health.

Swing by Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach for all your pet preventative care needs.