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Unless pets receive their vaccinations according to a vet-recommended schedule, dogs and cats are vulnerable to suffering serious, often fatal diseases. For most dogs in our area, we consider Lyme vaccine to be most important. Our vaccine is labeled for 3 months of age and older. Rabies, distemper, parvovirus and feline leukemia are some of the diseases prevented by vaccinations that contain safe and effective ingredients for supporting your pet's immune system response to infectious diseases.
Standard vaccine schedules for puppies and kittens are meant to give young animals protection against dangerous diseases as early as possible in their lives. Although unvaccinated pets may suffer an infectious disease and recover, the chance that the illness permanently harmed them neurologically is extremely high. In addition, making sure your pet receives his booster shots from your Solomons veterinarian is just as important as getting their initial vaccinations. A booster vaccine maintains an appropriate amount of antibodies in your pet's bloodstream essential for fighting infectious diseases.
Lyme vaccine is one that is essential to maintaining a dog's good health. Core vaccines for dogs include distemper, parvo, rabies and canine hepatitis. On the other hand, non-core vaccines are not considered necessary for supporting a dog's health unless the dog lives in an environment where he may be exposed to and at risk of contracting certain diseases. For example, dogs living in western Wisconsin, eastern Virginia and eastern areas of most New England states are vulnerable to tick-borne Lyme disease. Consequently, dog owners living in these regions should consider getting their pet vaccinated against Lyme disease.
Feline distemper, rabies, feline herpes virus type I and feline calicivirus vaccines are all considered core vaccinations for cats by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Non-core vaccines such as feline immunodeficiency virus and chlamydophila felis should be given according to a cat's lifestyle (indoor or outdoor) and what he may be exposed to regularly.
All dogs and cats (and ferrets) are mandated by the state of Maryland to be vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners need to get puppies vaccinated when they are at least three months old and ensure their dogs receive a rabies booster 12 months later, followed by an additional booster every three years. If your pet bites someone and you cannot prove your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, you could be fined and your pet quarantined for several weeks.
Call us today at (410) 326-4300 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. In addition, we will be happy to discuss whether your pet needs non-core vaccinations as well.