Why Pet Vaccinations Are Important
Vaccines are an essential ingredient in your pet’s wellness care regimen. They are one of the most effective forms of disease prevention, and can keep your pet healthier, longer. We also offer vaccine titers here in Richmond, to assess your pet’s immunity levels and determine whether vaccinations are absolutely necessary. As with human vaccines, pet vaccines stimulate the immune system into producing antibodies to fight off intrusive viruses. When your veterinarian first meets your pet, they will help you decide which vaccines will be the most beneficial for their health.
Vaccines We Offer for Dogs and Cats
Pet vaccinations should be a routine part of your pet’s lifestyle. We offer both core (recommended), and non-core (based on risk) vaccines, which you can see below:
- Rabies (core)
- DA2PP (core)
- Lepto (non-core)
- Bordetella (non-core)
- Influenza (non-core)
- Lyme (non-core)
- Rabies (core)
- FVRCP (core)
- Feline leukemia (core)
The non-core vaccines listed above are suggested for pets that may be at risk of exposure to those viruses. The Lepto and Lyme vaccines are recommended for dogs that spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, and run the risk of encountering leptospirosis and ticks (which can transmit Lyme disease) in their environment. Bordetella, the kennel cough vaccine, is recommended for dogs that will be boarding, visiting the dog park, going to the groomer, or spending time at daycare. Influenza is also recommended for dogs that are boarding or in daycare.