Kindness Family Pet Clinic Offers Pet Vaccinations
A number of canine and feline illnesses can be transmitted to pets, making them very ill or even threatening their lives. Vaccinations are available to prevent these illnesses, so pets can avoid illness and enjoy good health throughout their lives. At Kindness Family Pet Clinic in Forest Grove, OR, we provide both core and non-core vaccines that protect pets against disease.
The Importance of Vaccinating Pets Against Diseases
A number of different diseases commonly spread through the animal population. These illnesses are transmitted through contact with other animals, or sometimes even through bacteria and viruses that are left on bowls, dog toys or any object found on the ground. Vaccines have been developed to prevent these illnesses in pets. However, vaccinations must be updated every 1 to 3 years to provide full protection for the animal. Some vaccines are considered vital for every pet. Others are needed for animals in special circumstances.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs
Core vaccines are those that are considered essential for the health of your pet. For dogs, these include vaccinations against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and parainfluenza. These vaccines are begun when puppies are a few weeks old and are given at intervals until 12 weeks. Thereafter, vaccines are given annually. Rabies vaccine is administered at 20 weeks, and then every 1 to 3 years. Non-core vaccines against bordetella, for animals that are boarded, leptospirosis, canine influenza, and Lyme disease can be recommended for some animals.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines for Cats
For cats, several vaccines are considered “core” and important to maintain health. These include those against rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. These vaccinations are begun in the early week and administered at intervals until the kitten is 20 weeks old. Then, they are given annually. Rabies vaccine is given at 12 to 20 weeks and, thereafter, every 1 to 3 years. Your vet may advise non-core vaccines, depending on your cat’s exposure. These include feline leukemia vaccine, Chlamydophila felis vaccine, and bordetella vaccine.
Make Kindness Family Pet Clinic Your Veterinarian in Forest Grove
Dr. Kortyka, Dr. Story and Dr. Thursam combine their knowledge of veterinary medicine and love for animals to provide “fear free” care for their patients in Forest Grove, OR and nearby communities. We offer many services for pet health, including preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, spay & neuter surgery, cold laser therapy and microchipping. Call Kindness Family Pet Clinic today at 503-359-9548 to make an appointment to have your pet’s vaccinations updated to protect against infectious diseases.