At Pennsylvania Veterinary Care, we take a personalized approach to every pet’s health care plan. And that includes vaccinations! While some cat and dog vaccinations are highly recommended for all pets due to their prevalence, others are only recommended based on lifestyle. We work with you directly to understand your pet’s lifestyle so we can design a custom protocol where they only get the vaccines they need.
Make sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date!
Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?
Vaccines are either considered “core” (recommended for all pets) or “noncore” (only recommended based on lifestyle). Core vaccines protect dogs and cats from very serious illnesses, including rabies, which could also infect your human family and is always fatal once symptoms develop. Noncore vaccines, on the other hand, protect your pet from dangers they only encounter if they live a certain lifestyle. To determine which noncore vaccines your pet needs, we’ll look at the following:
- How often they’re boarded
- If they travel with you, and where
- Whether they are often in close contact with other cats and dogs
- If they are mainly indoor or outdoor
- Overall health
Cat & Dog Vaccinations We Offer
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Lyme disease
- Canine influenza
- Feline leukemia
Pets will begin their vaccinations when they are still puppies and kittens. In their first year of life, we’ll provide a vaccination series that includes their core vaccines and any necessary noncore vaccines for their lifestyle. After their initial series, your pet will need routine boosters throughout their life to maintain immunity.
While many lifestyle vaccines are administered annually, the core vaccines (rabies vaccine, DHPP, and FVRCP) can be administered on a 3-year basis, depending on the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines. We’ll discuss your pet’s best options with you and develop an effective vaccine timeline together.