PET HEALTH CORNER: What vaccinations does your pet need?

by | General Pet Care |

You’ve just got a new pet – congratulations! But what vaccinations do you need to give them to make sure they stay healthy?

Our friends at the ASPCA have some great tips about just this. Check out some of them here and get all the information on their website.

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What are vaccines, and does my pet need them?

The ASPCA says vaccines prepare the body’s immune system against the invasion of disease-causing organisms.

“If a pet is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness,”  – ASPCA fact sheet.

For your pet, the ASPCA says vaccines are very important, but that not every pet needs to be vaccinated for every disease. As a responsible pet owner, you need to discuss with your veterinarian what vaccines they recommend for your pet.

Some factors the ASPCA says to take into account include, “age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle.” The ASPCA also says most vets will highly recommend administering the following core vaccines to healthy pets.

Core Vaccines

According to the ASPCA, core vaccines are considered vital to the majority of pets because of the risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans.


  • Canine parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Rabies

Non core (depending on dog’s exposure risk)

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Leptospira bacteria


  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis)
  • Rabies

Non-core (depending on the cat’s lifestyle)

  • Feline leukemia virus
  • Bordetella
  • Chlamydophila felis
  • feline immunodeficiency virus

Be sure to consult your veterinarian for the vaccines your pet will require. For more information on vaccines, visit the ASPCA’s tip sheet.