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Our veterinarian at Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital offers core and non-core pet vaccinations for cats and dogs to help keep your pet healthy and well. The vaccines help prevent serious viral and bacterial infections that could be life-threatening.
Many pet owners underestimate the benefits of annual pet vaccines for the prevention of serious and fatal diseases and infections. When you get your pet vaccinated with our veterinarian, you are helping to prevent serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Rabies, for example, is always fatal if contracted and can be passed from animal to animal and from animal to human. There is no cure, and the only way to prevent the disease is by maintaining your pet’s immunity through regular vaccinations. Other potentially fatal diseases that can be prevented by vaccinating your pets include parvo, canine hepatitis and feline distemper.
Core dog vaccines are recommended for every dog regardless of whether they spend the majority of time outside or inside. Dogs should start receiving their core pet vaccines between the ages of six and 16 weeks. Core vaccines include rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. If you have an older dog or a dog you adopted from a shelter or rescue, our vet can help you create a vaccination schedule at your first appointment.
Non-core dog vaccines are not recommended for every dog. However, if you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside or around other dogs, you may want to consider these additional inoculations, which include kennel cough, canine influenza, leptospirosis and Lyme disease.
Core cat vaccines should be given to every cat regardless of whether they spend their time outdoors or indoors. Core vaccines include rabies, which is required by law, calicivirus, feline distemper and feline viral rhinotracheitis. Core cat vaccines should be started when your cat is between the ages of six weeks and four months. If you’ve adopted an older pet, our vet can help determine the right vaccination schedule for your cat.
Non-core cat vaccines are generally recommended for cats that spend the majority of their time outside, kenneled or in a multi-cat household. If your cat falls into any of these categories, you should seriously consider pet vaccines for kennel cough, chlamydia, FIV, feline infectious peritonitis and feline leukemia. If you are unsure as to whether your cat needs any of these additional vaccines, our vet can help you make a decision.
To schedule an appointment at our Sarasota or Parrish, FL animal hospitals, call us at (941) 366-1222.