Defend Health With Pet Vaccinations
Even if your pet looks perfectly healthy, illness and disease could be lurking undetected. Vaccinating your pet is the simplest and most effective way to keep many contagious and devastating diseases at bay. This is vital even if your cat or dog is mainly an indoor pet. At Animal Medical Center of Chandler, we’ll work with you to customize a vaccination and booster schedule that’s designed specifically for your pet.
Many vaccines are available for dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Core vaccines are those that are considered essential for every pet. Non-core pet vaccinations are not essential but may be recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to certain diseases.
Recommended core vaccines for dogs:
- Rabies: The rabies virus can be fatal, and mammals are susceptible to infection. Most states require that dogs receive regular rabies vaccinations.
- DAPP: Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this is a combination vaccine that provides protection against distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
Recommended core vaccines for cats:
- Rabies: Many pet owners think this vaccine is only important for outdoor cats, but we recommend for indoor cats as well.
- FVRCP: This is a combination vaccine that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”).
Additional, non-core pet vaccinations may also be recommended, depending on your pet’s lifestyle. For example, if you regularly take your dog for long hikes in the woods, they should be given a vaccine for Lyme, a common but devastating tick-borne disease. If your cat will be spending time outdoors, they should be vaccinated against feline leukemia. Some other non-core vaccines include Bordetella for kennel cough, leptospirosis, and the rattlesnake vaccine.
Call Us to Discuss Your Pet’s Vaccination Needs
We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine protocol will be ideal for all pets in all situations. At Animal Medical Center of Chandler, our goal is to work with you to develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that takes into account your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, and risk for exposure to infectious diseases. Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives, and protecting your pet is our priority. Call us today at 480-339-0406 to set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs.