Pet Vaccinations Support Wellness Pet Care for Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney
Pet vaccinations are essential for your pet’s well-being. From your puppy’s first steps to your senior cat’s golden years, pets of all ages need to be kept up to date with the latest vaccinations. Our Baltimore animal hospital offers the full puppy and kitten shot series, along with critical core vaccinations boosters to keep your pet healthy and active for years to come.
Pet Vaccinations Essential for Kitten and Puppy Care
Our veterinarians recommend core vaccinations for every pet in the Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney communities. These vaccinations are typically administered as a single combined shot and part of routine wellness pet care. For dogs, the canine core vaccine (DHPP) combines distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. For cats, the feline core vaccine (FVRCP) combines feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection and panleukopenia (feline distemper). All pets, including indoor cats, must be vaccinated against rabies.
Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, we may recommend additional vaccinations. For example, kennel cough (bordetella) is highly contagious in dogs and easily spread in boarding or grooming facilities. If your dog is a frequent visitor to boarding, grooming or doggy daycare, we will recommend an annual vaccination against kennel cough as part of proactive pet care. Feline leukemia, while rare, is highly contagious. If you have multiple cats and one is diagnosed with feline leukemia, we will recommend vaccinating the other cats to protect against this illness.
The kitten and puppy shot series is an important part of kitten and puppy care. This shot series provides critical immunization protection against diseases that can wreak havoc on a young animal’s health. When pets are first born, they receive basic immunization protection from their mother. Once young pets are weaned, however, they are vulnerable to illness. The shot series is administered every three to four weeks until your pet reaches 18 to 20 weeks of age. Your pet will then need to receive a booster shot one year following the complete puppy/kitten shot series. Our veterinarian works closely with pet owners to ensure pets are fully protected against illness with a vaccinatio schedule that matches your pet’s lifestyle needs.
Pet vaccinations are safe, highly effective and essential to pet care in the Baltimore, Nottingham, Parkville and Carney communities. Like any medication, there is always a small risk for allergic reaction. However, the chance of an allergic reaction is extremely unlikely; if your pet has previously been vaccinated without a problem, it is unlikely an allergic reaction will occur to future vaccines. There is a far greater risk of your unvaccinated pet becoming seriously ill and possibly even dying from a preventable disease than suffering an allergic reaction to vaccines.
We understand that you may have questions or concerns about your pet’s vaccination schedule. Our veterinarian is always happy to answer any questions you may have about the safety and effectiveness of pet vaccinations.
From rabies to distemper, an unvaccinated pet is susceptible to a number of deadly diseases. Don’t put your pet’s health at risk – contact our veterinary clinic today at (410) 892-1212 to be sure your pet is up to date on all critical vaccinations.
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
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) 892-1212.