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Still, it’s a good idea for pet owners to be familiar with the most common pet vaccinations for dogs and cats, whether they fall into the “core” category or the “non-core” category.
Core vaccines protect against viruses that have high rates of infection, pose significant health risks or have the potential to be passed to humans. As such, core vaccines for dogs are recommended regardless of the canine’s age or health history. They’re very effective once administered, and in many cases, they’re even required by law. Some of the most common core vaccines for dogs prevent:
Non-core vaccines usually don’t work as well as their core counterparts, which is the primary reason they’re typically reserved only for dogs exhibiting symptoms as opposed to every single pup who comes in for a checkup. Non-care vaccines for dogs are most often given for:
Just like their core-canine counterparts, core vaccines for cats are often required by law to protect against especially common or dangerous diseases. The most commonly administered core vaccines for cats prevent:
It’s important to remember that there is some risk associated with pet vaccinations. However, it’s riskier to not have your pet vaccinated at all. Even the American Veterinary Medical Association agrees that the widespread use of dog and cat vaccinations has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. In addition, most core vaccines for dogs and cats are required by law.
Keep in mind that this list is only meant to highlight some of the most popular pet vaccinations, but it’s far from comprehensive. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not certain pet vaccinations are right for your animal, consult with your vet about any concerns. Many factors will be taken into account, including your pet’s age, size, breed and health history. Then, you and your vet can reach a decision together regarding pet shots.