Vaccination Guide for Pets

At your local Fredericksburg veterinary office, our staff knows the stress of making sure you are doing all you can to keep your pet healthy. One of the most critical actions pet owners can take is to make sure their pets are up to date on their vaccines. 


What is a vaccine?

For the first week after a pet is born, they have antibodies in their system that are passed on by the pets’ mother. However, after the first week, the pet will need vaccines to help the body create its own antibodies to help fight against certain infections. 

Can vaccines harm a pet? 

For the most part, pets will have no adverse side effects other than soreness where the injection was administered. Mild side effects may include fever or an upset stomach. If you feel like your pet may be suffering from more severe effects, reach out to the vet as soon as possible. 

What is a core vaccine? 

Core vaccines are the vaccines that are recommended for all puppies and kittens, along with any pet that has an unknown vaccination record. The core vaccines protect the pet against diseases that can make them severely ill or cause death. Also, the core vaccines protect against illnesses that can be spread to humans. 

Core vaccines for dogs and cats     

Rabies: The rabies vaccine is a core vaccine that is required for both dogs and cats. 

Core vaccines for dogs 

Canine distemper is a severe disease that can cause respiratory, nervous system and stomach issues with dogs.  

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can also be transmitted to humans. Dogs can become infected by contact with urine, and it can cause their kidneys to fail. 

Canine parvovirus is a perilous infectious gastrointestinal disease that is easily spread between dogs and can be fatal. 

Adenovirus (hepatitis) is a viral disease that can cause the dog's liver and kidney to stop functioning. 

Core vaccines for cats 

Herpesvirus is a respiratory virus that is a highly contagious disease. 

Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is a very contagious and can be fatal to cats. 

What are the other non-core vaccines the vet recommends? 

Non-core vaccines are vaccines that the vet might recommend depending on your pets’ specific situation. For example, if your pet will be boarded with other animals regularly, the vet might recommend a vaccine to protect against kennel cough. If your dog or cat spends a lot of time in a wooded area, the vet might recommend the Lyme disease vaccine. 

Schedule an Appointment Today!

We encourage Fredericksburg pet owners to schedule their pets' vaccines at our veterinary clinic. Give us at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital a call today at 540-373-6100. 


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