At Massapequa Hospital For Animals, we can offer core vaccinations to all dogs and cats regardless of their lifestyle. Core vaccination produces immunity against diseases that are very common, like rabies and distemper.
Core Vaccinations for Dogs
- Canine parvovirus: Parvovirus is a life-threatening virus that can affect the intestinal tract.
- Canine distemper: Distemper is an illness that can affect a variety of systems in the dog body. Young and adolescent puppies are particularly vulnerable to this illness.
- Canine hepatitis: Canine hepatitis is a type of liver infection.
- Rabies: Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the dog's brain and eventually leads to death.
- Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease spread through the urine of infected animals.
- Lyme: A bacterial infection your dog gets from the bite of an infected tick.
Core Vaccinations for Cats
- Feline panleukopenia: This illness can be deadly and primarily affects young cats.
- Feline calicivirus: This upper respiratory tract infection is commonly found in large groups of unvaccinated cats, like in shelters and large cat families.
- Feline rhinotracheitis: This virus can affect any unvaccinated cat but is a particular risk for cats with a compromised or weak immune system, like pregnant cats.
- Rabies: This deadly virus affects cats as well as dogs. Fortunately, the vaccine is effective in providing protection.
Reasons to Vaccinate Your Pet
- Prevent rabies infection. Rabies is a very serious illness that can affect humans as well as animals. By vaccinating your pet against rabies, you can help stop the spread of rabies throughout the community, protecting people as well as pets.
- Prevent your pet from succumbing to certain diseases. Vaccines are designed to protect your pet from some of the most common illnesses that affect pets in our community. By vaccinating your pet, you help extend your pet's lifespan and improve your pet's quality of life overall.
- Prevent your pet from getting diseases and infections from other unvaccinated animals. Pets can share illnesses with one another in the same way that humans transmit illnesses from one person to another. If your pet spends any time in the presence of other animals, having your pet vaccinated can help protect your pet from illnesses that other pets may be experiencing.