Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital wants you to know that vaccinations are just as important for your pet as they are for you and your family. They are a vital component of an effective preventive animal health care program, along with proper nutrition, weight management, parasite control, and regular physical and dental exams. Our hospital offers a complete course of core pet vaccinations.
Why Pet Vaccinations Are Important
Vaccines have been developed to prevent the types of diseases that dogs and cats are likely to encounter in their lifetimes. Many of these diseases are communicable and can be passed on to other animals and humans. They can cause suffering, disability, and death. It’s much better to prevent a disease from occurring in the first place with pet vaccinations than to treat it after it has developed. They are a safe and affordable investment in your pet’s health.
Core Pet Vaccinations
The recommended vaccines for dogs and cats are different because they are susceptible to different types of disease. Core pet vaccinations are the most important and they are given to all dogs and cats. There are also other vaccines that your vet might recommend for your pet based on their health history, lab tests and physical examinations, and their living environment and lifestyle.
Core Canine Vaccinations
- DHPP (1 yr/3 yr)
- Rabies (1 yr/3 yr)
- Leptospirosis (1 yr)
- Lyme Disease (1 yr)
- Bivalent Parainfluenza
Core Feline Vaccinations
- Feline Leukemia
Pet Vaccination Schedule
Vaccines are given to pets in stages over a period of several months. The first shots are administered at about six to eight weeks of age for both cats and dogs, then they are given booster shots every three to four weeks until they are fully vaccinated. Your vet might also recommend an annual booster shot in some cases.
Rabies vaccination is required by law for both cats and dogs. It is administered between 14 to 16 weeks of age with a booster shot in a year. Your vet may recommend they receive a rabies booster every three years after that.
Pet vaccinations are very important for the health and wellbeing of your pet. Their preventive health care journey begins with a complete physical examination at Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Your vet will be able to identify any underlying issues and help you to create a healthy lifestyle plan to keep your pet happy and vigorous throughout their life.
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