At Broward Animal Hospital, we know that when it comes to veterinary medicine, one size does not fit all. That’s why we’re committed to providing personalized pet care, especially when it come to pet vaccinations. The vaccination requirements for your dog or cat will vary depending upon their age, activity level, health status, frequency of travel, likelihood of disease exposure, etc. We’ll ask you a number of questions about your pet and their lifestyle in order to determine a vaccination schedule that meets their unique set of needs.
Essential vs. Recommended Vaccines
Some vaccines are considered to be essential for every pet. These are called core vaccines. For example, it’s important that dogs receive core vaccines that offer protection against:
For cats, core vaccines protect them from:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
Other pet vaccinations may be recommended for your companion based on their lifestyle and risk of exposure. These are called non-core vaccines. Some non-core vaccines include kennel cough, Lyme, Corona virus, and feline leukemia. We may recommend one of these if we determine your pet is likely to be exposed to the disease. For example, if you take your dog to the dog park or doggie daycare on a regular basis, your veterinarian will likely prescribe a Bordetella vaccine to protect them from kennel cough, a highly contagious illness.
How Vaccines Work
Just as with human vaccines, pet vaccines are designed to protect the body against potentially-fatal diseases by creating an additional layer of immunity. Vaccines stimulate a mild immune response in your pet’s body which helps them establish disease-fighting antibodies.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our protocols for pet vaccinations. We’d love to talk with you about your pet’s healthcare needs!