Vaccinations are important for pets, and particularly for cats and dogs. Every animal’s immune system is a little bit different, and so too are the pathogens that can infect them. Fortunately, researchers have developed vaccines for cats, dogs, and other pets. If your pet has never been vaccinated or your need to establish a new vaccination schedule for your furry friend, contact Dr. Fenoglio at Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis. Our veterinarian will answer any questions that you may have about vaccinations or other veterinary care concerns.

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Why Your Pet Needs to Be Vaccinated

Unfortunately, cats, dogs, and other pets can catch serious diseases. Bites from fleas, ticks, and more can spread diseases. A quick trip down to the dog park or a romp around the neighborhood could put your pet in contact with other animals. Even friendly contact with other animals can spread deadly diseases.

Cats and dogs generally must undergo a specific vaccination schedule. From puppy or kitten to adult dog or cat, your pet should receive regular vaccinations to protect against Lyme disease, rabies, distemper, and more. Make sure you speak with our veterinarian to learn what vaccinations are appropriate for your pet.

Core and Non-Core

There are two types of vaccinations: core and non-core. Core vaccinations are practically a must for any cat or dog. Non-core vaccinations are more of a choice but are often recommended depending on the breed and lifestyle of the animal. Common diseases, like rabies, are serious threats to the health of your pet. As a result, rabies vaccinations are often considered “core” vaccinations that every dog should have.

Some consider the Lyme Disease vaccine as a non-core vaccination, meaning it’s more of an option vaccination. However, given how widespread ticks are, Lyme disease vaccinations are often essential, especially for pets that spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s better to be safe than sick.

Our veterinarian will walk you through the core and non-core vaccinations for your cat, dog, or other pets. At Augusta Animal Clinic, we take vaccinations seriously. We consider them a “core” part of our treatment plan for all of our furry patients.