Customized Pet Vaccination Plans From Community Animal Hospital in Morris County NJ
Most pets require vaccines to protect them from highly contagious and life-threatening diseases. Community Animal Hospital offers core and non-core vaccines for all of the companion animals we treat, administered as part of your petís regular wellness exam.
Vaccines trigger a protective immune response in your pet, fighting infections from specific diseases. Some vaccines protect completely once the optimum level of immunity is achieved, while other vaccines simply reduce the severity of the disease, but protect against critical infection or fatality.
Not all pets should be vaccinated with every vaccine. Core vaccines are those that are recommended for all pets of a certain type living in a certain area. Non-core vaccines are those recommended for specific pets under specific conditions. Actual recommendations for your special pet depends upon age, health, risk of exposure, and lifestyle.
Vaccines have a limited duration and will need a booster. At your annual wellness visit, your veterinarian will review your petís vaccination schedule and discuss the current need for vaccines and boosters.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines
- Cats—Core vaccines for your cat may include the FVRCP (distemper combination) and rabies. A non-core vaccine we recommend for outdoor cats is the feline leukemia vaccine.
- Dogs—Core vaccines for your dog may include the DHPP (distemper and parvo combination) and rabies. Non-core vaccines we sometimes recommend for dogs include Lyme, bordetella, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.
- Ferrets—We recommend purvac distemper and rabies vaccines for most ferrets. Since some ferrets have a strong reaction to vaccines, we never give more than one vaccination at a visit.
To review all of the details about these vaccines, we invite you to download and print out this informative handout:
Pet Vaccine Regime for Dogs and Cats.
Contact Community Animal Hospital to schedule your pet for an exam and custom vaccination schedule today.
Visit the Healthy Pet website of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the Pet Health Center of WebMD for more information about pet vaccines.