At Cedar Grove Animal Hospital in Mission, B.C., we understand the importance of pet vaccinations. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or both, your pet needs vaccinations to protect him from deadly diseases. Some of these diseases, such as rabies, can be transmitted to you and your family members, with dire consequences.
Pet Vaccinations Are a Low-Cost Insurance Policy
When you visit the veterinarian, you want to have the best care for your pet. At Cedar Grove Animal Hospital, we care for your pets as though they were our very own. Our veterinarians can advise you what vaccinations you need to give your pet, and how frequently he needs them. Vaccinations protect your pet from deadly diseases that can make your pet very sick or even kill him. They are indeed a low-cost form of insurance when the alternative can run hundreds, or even thousands of dollars to treat. Even with treatment from an emergency vet, there are diseases which are always or almost always fatal, so there is a chance your pet won't make it if he contracts the disease. Vaccinations are life savers.
What Are the Core Vaccines My Pet Should Have?
According to the AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association, your pet needs several vaccines. These vaccines, called "core vaccines," are the minimum requirement pets need to ensure their health. Other vaccines, called "non-core vaccines," are vaccines that we give depending on your pet's lifestyle, potential exposure to the disease, and your location. There are certain diseases endemic to different areas which may require other vaccinations.
Core vaccines for dogs include:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
Core vaccines for cats include:
- Feline Distemper (panleukopenia)
- Feline Herpesvirus Type I ( feline viral rhinotracheitis)
- Feline Calicivirus
Which Vaccines Are Right for My Pet?
You may wonder which other vaccines are right for your pet. Your veterinarian will want to know your pet's lifestyle and possible exposure to other pets in your area. For example, a pet that stays indoors or mostly indoors with occasional walks on a leash will most likely need fewer vaccinations than a dog who competes at shows or hunts, or a cat who is an indoor/outdoor or mostly outdoor cat. We can help make that determination to ensure your pet is protected against deadly diseases. While you and your pet are here for your vaccinations, our veterinarian will give your pet a physical and answer any questions you might have regarding his health or care.