Taking care of a pet's health is a top priority for pet owners, and whether you have a cat, a dog or both one of the first things you need to do is choose an animal hospital where your pet or pets can receive their vaccinations. If you live in Brandon or Flowood, MS or the surrounding area, we invite you to come visit our veterinarian at Oakdale Animal Hospital in Brandon, MS.
Getting Your Pet the Vaccinations You Need
Getting your pet the vaccinated is among the most important things you can do to keep your pet healthy. The vaccination may be uncomfortable during the actual shots, and in some cases, your cat or dog may even feel a bit under the weather for the rest of the day, but there is no real comparison to the discomfort, and sometimes life risk they would face without them.
What Type of Vaccines are Necessary for Your Cat or Dog
Vaccines for dogs and cats are similar, but not quite the same. Some diseases such as rabies or parvovirus have both canine and feline version of the disease that can be detrimental to your pet and potentially you or others. Vaccines are generally classified as core or non-core. Core vaccines are universally required and all pets should receive them every one to three years. More frequent shots are required for puppies and kittens as their own immunity levels build.
Dog Core Vaccines Include:
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Hepatitis
Cat Core Vaccines Include:
- Feline calicivirus,
- Feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis)
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
Several vaccines non-core vaccines are available, and whether your dog or cat needs these vaccines is something you and your pet's veterinarian can decide together. This decision will be determined based on your pet's lifestyle including their exposure to the outdoors or other animals.
Dog Non-Core Vaccines Include:
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
- Borrelia burgdorferi
- Leptospira bacteria
Cat Non-Core Vaccines Include:
- Feline leukemia virus
- Chlamydophila felis
Pets that travel with their owners, or that spend time outdoors, or that need to see a groomer or be boarded regularly will need more of the non-core vaccines that an indoor only pet.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To learn more about what types of vaccines are best to keep your pet strong and healthy contact Oakdale Animal Hospital in Brandon, MS at (601) 829-9949 to talk to your veterinarian.