How Cat and Dog Vaccines Work
Vaccines contain antigens, which are substances that are foreign to the body and evoke an immune response. They mimic a virus or disease, but without causing the full symptoms of the illness. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is stimulated, and antibodies are created. As a result, if a pet is ever exposed to the real illness for which it was vaccinated (Bordetella, distemper, etc.), its body will be more prepared to fight it off.
Core and Non-Core Cat and Dog Vaccines
Core and non-core cat and dog vaccines depend on your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to a certain illness. Core vaccines are typically universally recommended for all dogs and cats, even if they spend most of their lives indoors. This is because these illnesses are very serious and/or can be transmitted to humans, such as rabies. Non-core vaccines are recommended only for pets that may have a high risk of exposure to a certain disease or illness, such as feline leukemia with outdoor cats. During your pet’s wellness visit, we’ll ask a series of questions to determine if any non-core vaccines are needed with the core ones.
Needed Core Cat and Dog Vaccines
The following are the core vaccines that we recommend for dogs and cats:
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine parainfluenza
- Feline distemper
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline herpes virus type I
If your pet is due for their vaccinations, call 203-248-2104 to schedule an appointment.