Stay up-to-date on the pet vaccines schedule for your companion animals! We offer all the major core and non-core pet vaccines for dogs and cats at El Cerrito Veterinary Care. Vaccinating your pets is a quick and easy process that can be done individually or as part of your pet’s regular veterinary checkup.
Core Pet Vaccines
The core vaccines for cats are as follows:
- FVRCP, a multi-vaccine that covers Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia
The core vaccines for dogs are as follows:
- DA2PP, which protects against distemper, parainfluenza, parvovirus and adenovirus type 1 and 2
- Leptospirosis, a dangerous bacterial disease that can pass from pets to humans
The first vaccination for a kitten or puppy can be administered when the animal is 6 to 8 weeks of age. Booster shots are then administered in intervals spaced out several weeks apart, until your puppy or kitten is fully protected. Cats and dogs then receive an additional rabies vaccine when they are one year old. After that, re-vaccination should occur once every three years.
Non-Core Pet Vaccines
When talking to your veterinarian about pet vaccines, the subject of non-core vaccines will also come up. The core vaccines protect dogs and cats from the most common pet viruses present in the Bay Area. Non-core vaccines are additional vaccinations that can protect your pet from less common viral infections. The vet may recommend a non-core vaccine for your dog or cat, depending on his lifestyle and your level of concern for your pet’s health.
The non-core dog vaccines include canine influenza and canine Bordetella, also known as “kennel cough.” If your dog is going to be boarded for a time with other dogs, or will spend a lot of time in dog parks around other animals, the Bordetella vaccine may be recommended for him.
There is also a non-core cat vaccine for a disease called feline leukemia. This is a very contagious disease that spreads easily among cats, which can be life threatening and which is very difficult to treat.
Benefits of Vaccinating Your Pets
The most obvious benefit of vaccinating your pets is that it protects them from diseases that can make them very ill or that can threaten a pet’s life. Rabies is always fatal, and California accounts for nearly 5 percent of all wild animal rabies cases in the United States each year. Pet vaccines ensure that your dog or cat has a level of protection against an encounter with a “strange” animal, even here in El Cerrito and the Bay Area.