Core Canine and Feline Vaccinations

Core Canine and Feline Vaccinations

Keeping your dog or cat on a regular vaccination schedule helps your pet live a healthy and happy life. Vaccines can prevent serious diseases in pets. Vaccinations can stop the spread of diseases that are passed from animal to animal or even animal to person. Vaccinations keep your pet from suffering needlessly from something that could have been prevented. At Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we will work with you to provide your pet with timely and necessary vaccines.


Core Vaccinations for Dogs

The core canine vaccines prevent rabies, distemper, and canine parvovirus.

Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It is spread by the saliva of an infected animal.

Distemper is also caused by a virus and attacks the nervous, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal system.

These vaccinations are given in sequences and it is important to complete the series and not skip any shots to protect your dog from disease.

When Should My Dog Receive These Core Vaccines?

Core vaccines should begin when a puppy is six to eight weeks old. They will be administered every three to four weeks until the puppy is sixteen weeks old. After that, your dog will need vaccines annually or once every three years.

Why are Some Rabies Vaccines Administered at Different Intervals?

Rabies vaccinations are governed by law and are not up to the discretion of the vet at your local animal hospital.

Core Vaccinations for Felines

A rabies vaccination is a core vaccine for cats. Other core vaccines are feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus type 1.

Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system and can be transmitted by animals to other animals or people.

Feline panleukopenia is caused by a very contagious virus that attacks growing cells. It used to be a leading cause of death among cats before the vaccine.

Feline calicivirus is highly contagious and can cause respiratory infections and oral diseases in cats.

Feline herpesvirus type 1 causes upper respiratory infections and conjunctivitis in cats.

It is important to stick to the vaccination schedule your animal hospital recommends to ensure your cat is properly vaccinated.
Call Bluegrass Animal Hospital Today!

Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN is always accepting new patients. Call our office and schedule an exam for your pet today. We are a full-service animal hospital committed to the best preventative care for your pet.

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