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Are Your Pet’s Vaccinations Up to Date?

February 15, 2018

Do you know how to meet your pet's vaccination needs? Here are some of the most common questions we get about pet vaccinations, and what your veterinarian wants you to know:

Does Your Pet Need Vaccinations at Their Age?

No matter how young or old your pet, they need regular vaccinations in order to be fully protected from common diseases and infections like rabies and distemper. Puppies, kittens, and senior dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable to disease, so their risks are greater without proper vaccinations. However, healthy, active adult animals need annual vaccines too, especially if they come into contact with other animals.

What Pet Vaccinations Do We Offer?

At Animal Medical Center, we offer core cat vaccinations to prevent the following diseases:

  • Rabies
  • Feline herpesvirus type 1
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline calcivirus

Of course, we also offer core dog vaccinations to protect your dog from these diseases:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Canine hepatitis

Some pets benefit from non-core pet vaccinations, including shots to prevent the following:

  • Bordetella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease

Which Vaccinations Are Right for Your Pet?

Every pet should be up-to-date on their core vaccinations, but some pets need different dosages or frequency of shots (for example, puppies and kittens receive a series of shots and booster shots). Others are exposed to additional risks (for example, cats who spend time outdoors, and dogs who visit day care centers and dog parks). Your veterinarian will help guide you through your options, and we'll work together to create a vaccination schedule that's right for your particular pet.

Make An Appointment

Is your pet up-to-date on all the vaccinations he or she needs to thrive? Call 804-639-3900 today to make an appointment with a Richmond veterinarian at Animal Medical Center.

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