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Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Vaccines

Pet vaccinations are some of the most important things you can do for your pet's health. Please peruse our Baltimore veterinarian’s pet vaccinations FAQ to learn more.

Ask Our Veterinarians about Dog Vaccinations or Cat Vaccinations in Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney

pet vaccines in baltimore What are dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations?

Pet vaccinations are injections of serums that contain parts of certain bacteria and/or viruses. These parts do not sicken your pet, but they do wake up your pet’s immune system, which then creates hoards of antibodies designed to protect your pet against the actual diseases. Because dogs and cats are susceptible to different diseases, there are different courses of dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations to protect them.

Why are cat vaccinations and dog vaccinations important?

The diseases that pet vaccinations are designed to fight are very dangerous, highly contagious, and can kill pets and their people. Rabies is one horrific example of a disease that spans species and has an almost certain death rate without immediate treatment. The other diseases can be painful and deadly too. No one wants to see their pet suffer and possibly die from catching a disease they got simply by sniffing the wrong patch of grass. It is far less expensive and heart wrenching to call our veterinarians in Baltimore and stay on your pet’s vaccine schedule.

What are core pet vaccinations vs. non-core vaccines?

Core cat vaccinations and dog vaccinations are vaccines that veterinary medicine authorities, including our Baltimore veterinarians, recognize as essential to protect pets against the worst, most contagions and common diseases in your pet’s environment. Talk with our veterinarians in Baltimore about your pet’s potential need for any non-core vaccines. Traveling, camping, dog parks, boarding facilities, swimming in lakes, rivers or at the beach, etc. can increase the risk for certain diseases.

  • Core dog vaccinations: distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza, rabies
  • Core cat vaccinations: feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, feline herpesvirus, rabies
  • Non-core for cats: Bordetella, feline leukemia, chlamydophila felis, feline immunodeficiency virus
  • Non-core for dogs: Bordetella, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, borrelia burgdorferi

At what age should my puppy/kitten get vaccinated?

Schedule your new pet to start a battery of critically important, immunity-building core vaccinations starting at 8 weeks. These go every 3-4 weeks until about age 20 weeks.

Are any pet vaccinations a legal necessity?

Yes, rabies shots are required in Maryland, all of the U.S. and most countries around the world. We provide a tag and a certificate after each rabies shot.

How often does my pet need booster shots?

It varies; our veterinarians in Baltimore can review your pet’s records and tell you when the next shots are needed. Some shots require annual boosters, while some rabies vaccines last up to 3 years. The non-core, but commonly needed Bordetella shot lasts only 6 months.

Please contact our Baltimore veterinarians to ask any other questions about pet vaccinations: (410) 665-6996.

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