Whether your fur baby is a dog or cat, or maybe you have one of each, you want them to be healthy and protected from diseases. We want the same thing for all of our patients here at River Road Animal Clinic. Bringing your pet in for a comprehensive exam is one of the best ways to keep them healthy, but it’s only the first step. Vaccinating your pet should be the next step. Just like human vaccines, pet vaccines help protect pets from viruses and diseases by strengthening their immune system. This is why it’s so important that pet vaccinations be part of every dog’s and cat’s preventive healthcare plan. We offer both core and non-core vaccines for our canine and feline patients here in Columbus, allowing us to accommodate every lifestyle.
How Exactly Do Pet Vaccines Prevent Disease?
Vaccines contain antigens, which are foreign substances in the body that mimic a virus or disease. When these antigens are introduced to the body, they stimulate a response from the immune system, causing antibodies to be created. The immune system is then strengthened as a result. If a pet ever encounters the real illness for which it was vaccinated, its body will be able to recognize it and fight it off. However, the antibodies only last 1-3 years, so vaccines need to be updated regularly if you want your pet to stay protected.
Core Vs. Non-Core: What’s the Difference?
No two pets are exactly alike. You might have a pit bull that spends a lot of time outside or a litter-trained teacup Yorkie that stays indoors. Core and non-core pet vaccines help veterinarians accommodate these differing lifestyles. Core vaccines are essential for the health of all dogs and cats, regardless of their lifestyle. Non-core vaccines are recommended only if a pet has a high risk of exposure to a certain illness (Bordetella, feline leukemia, etc.).
The following are the core vaccines that we recommend for dogs and cats: