We tell our pet parents at Appelbaum Animal Clinic that getting their pets vaccinated is one of the easiest, yet most important things they can do to give their precious family member a healthy life.
What are some of the benefits of vaccines?
—They stimulate the immune system, creating antibodies that fight against infection. Your pet is then much better protected against dangerous diseases.
—You avoid the expense and emotional stress of treating diseases that could have been prevented.
—Your pet can participate in activities that require vaccination, such as day care, kennel visits and obedience classes.
—Vaccines keep you in compliance with laws requiring immunizations such as rabies.
Vaccines for Puppies and Kittens
As soon as you bring that new kitten or puppy into your household, make sure to schedule their first checkup and vaccines.
There are two types of vaccine categories: core and non-core. The core vaccines (such as rabies) are those required for all pets, while non-core vaccines are based on each pet’s individual needs. Your veterinarian will choose the safest and most effective vaccine plan for your pet.
Puppies and kittens have some differences in their vaccine requirements.
Puppies: their required core series protects against serious diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and canine hepatitis. Non-core vaccines may include leptospirosis and Lyme disease.
Kittens: core shots protect against rabies, herpesvirus, feline distemper, and other severe diseases. Feline leukemia is an example of a non-core vaccine for cats.
Be sure your pet completes the whole vaccine series to be fully protected.
Have any questions about vaccines? Call our Tulsa office at 918-940-7770.