Pet Vaccinations: Protection from Viruses and Diseases
Keeping a pet healthy involves more than just bringing them to the vet once a year for a wellness exam. Vaccinations should be included in their preventive care plan, too, even if your pet spends most of their time indoors. Similar to parasite preventive medications, vaccines protect against a number of viruses and diseases, and in many states, certain vaccines—such as the rabies vaccine—are required by law. All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge can customize a vaccination schedule, based on your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle, to keep them healthy for a lifetime.
Our team is pleased to provide veterinary care for dogs, cats, pocket pets, and other exotics. In addition to providing care to the pets of the Medina area, our animal hospital in Wadsworth also provides care to the surrounding communities of Rittman, Sterling, and more.
How Do Pet Vaccines Work?
Core Vs. Non-Core Pet Vaccines
When it comes to pet vaccines, not all of them are necessary for all pets. Those that are considered essential are referred to as “core” vaccines. Those that are optional (based on exposure risk) are referred to as “non-core.” We offer both here at All Creatures. We’ll customize a vaccination plan to meet your pet’s specific needs, which may include just core vaccines or a combination of core and non-core. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, or in an area where they will/might come in contact with other animals, we’ll likely recommend both core and non-core vaccines.
The following is a list of core pet vaccines we offer for dogs and cats:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- FVR—Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus
- C—Calici virus
- P—Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
A recent outbreak of the canine influenza virus (CIV) has put many dogs at risk. Symptoms of canine flu include coughing, lethargy, fever, and discharge from the nose and eyes. This virus is very contagious and can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Here at All Creatures, we carry the bivalent flu vaccine, which is designed to protect dogs from the virus’s two distinct strains—H3N2 and H3N8. Following the first vaccination, a booster is required within three weeks. Dogs that are boarding, going to the groomer, visiting the dog park, or spending time in daycare will need this vaccine.
Let us know your questions about pet vaccines at your pet’s next wellness exam, or by calling 330-925-4910. We’ll be happy to help.