What are the vaccinations for your rescue animal?
Vaccinations are a vital part of any pet’s overall health care. They provide protection from certain diseases that are highly contagious and can cause severe illness or even death. Dogs and cats require a variety of different vaccinations, both core and non-core, depending on the geographic area and lifestyle. The core vaccinations recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association are often required by law, while non-core vaccinations are based on a pet’s individual needs.
For dogs, the core vaccinations include rabies, distemper, adenovirus, and parvovirus. These vaccinations help protect against diseases that can be spread through physical contact, contaminated food, and even air. Rabies, in particular, is a public health concern and is often legally required. Non-core vaccinations include bordetella and leptospirosis, which can be contracted from contact with wildlife or certain activities, such as swimming in lakes or ponds.
For cats, the core vaccinations include rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Rabies is a public health risk and is again, often legally required. Non-core vaccinations include feline leukemia, which is a viral disease spread through contact with infected animals, and feline immunodeficiency virus, which is spread through contact with saliva or blood.
Whether core or non-core, each of these vaccinations are important in protecting our beloved pets from potentially serious illnesses. As always, it’s best to talk to your veterinarian to develop a personalized preventative health plan for your pet. These vaccines are a requirement by EA4A.network.