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There are many different vaccinations for pets so it is important to discuss your location and your pet’s lifestyle with the staff at Mercy Animal Hospital and your veterinarian.

There are many different vaccinations for pets so it is important to discuss your location and your pet’s lifestyle with the staff at Mercy Animal Hospital and your veterinarian.

Not every pet needs to be vaccinated against every disease. There are core vaccinations which include rabies and distemper. These should be given to every pet, no matter where they live. However, not every pet needs to be vaccinated against diseases like feline leukemia or Lyme disease.

FAQs about Vaccines

Why should my dogs and cats get vaccinated?

Vaccinations are the only way to prevent certain serious and highly contagious diseases including rabies, Parvo, distemper, and feline herpes. Rabies does not have a cure and always causes death. Parvo and distemper also result in death, and feline herpes is an upper respiratory disease that is highly contagious.

Is rabies vaccination required by law?

All cats and dogs must be vaccinated for rabies and they must remain up-to-date on their boosters. There is no course of treatment for rabies and the disease always results in death. Rabies can even be passed from animals to humans through bites and scratches.

What are the core and non-core cat vaccines?

Core cat vaccines include rabies, feline distemper, feline herpes virus, and calicivirus. Non-core cat vaccines include feline leukemia and bordetella (kennel cough). Core vaccines should be given to every cat. Non-core vaccines are reserved for cats that are deemed high-risk.

What are the core and non-core vaccines for dogs?

Core dog vaccines include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and canine hepatitis. Non-core dog vaccines include parainfluenza, kennel cough, lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine flu. Core dog vaccines should be given to all dogs, regardless of whether they are inside or outside dogs. Non-core vaccines are generally recommended for dogs that are kenneled, frequently around other dogs, or who live in high-risk areas.

How often should my dog or cat be vaccinated?

Initial vaccines should be started between 6-16 weeks of age. Some vaccines require additional shots in the first year. After the first year, boosters should be given every one to three years. Our veterinarian can help you determine the exact vaccination schedule for your dog.

What happens if I do not get my dog or cat vaccinated?

It depends on the vaccinations you refuse to give your pet. Rabies vaccines are required by law, and owners must keep the paperwork on hand at all times. If the owner refuses to give their cat or dog the rabies vaccine, the dog may be quarantined or killed if it bites a family member or another individual.

Other diseases can cause serious illness and death. Distemper causes permanent brain damage. Parvo causes severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea and if not treated promptly, often resulting in death. Canine hepatitis causes liver damage. Feline herpes and calicivirus cause severe upper respiratory infections in cats. Feline leukemia suppresses the immune system in cats and can cause cancer.

How do I schedule a vaccination appointment for my pet?

To schedule an appointment to vaccinate your cat or dog, please call our Mercy Animal Hospital in Edmonton at 780-989-5595 or contact us online with any questions.

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