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Vaccinations FAQ

Our Ocala, FL Veterinarians Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Town and Country Animal Hospital, we would like to encourage you to get your pets vaccinated. In many instances, the only way to completely protect your pet against certain diseases is to vaccinate them.

What are the core pet vaccines?

There are different core pet vaccines for cats and dogs. Core cat vaccinations include rabies, paneleukopenia, herpes and calicivirus. Cat vaccinations should be started between the ages of six weeks and four months. Some vaccinations require additional boosters in the first year.

Core dog vaccinations include rabies, distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus. Most of these vaccines require additional boosters in the first year and boosters every three years. Our veterinarian can help you keep track of your pet’s vaccine schedule.

What are the non-core pet vaccines?

Non-core pet vaccines are not required by law or necessary for every dog and cat. Thy are usually reserved for dogs and cats that are deemed high risk, including dogs and cats that are heavily socialized or regularly boarded or who live is high risk areas. Non-core cat vaccimations include feline leukemia and kennel cough. Non-core dog vaccinations include parainfluenza, kennel cough, Lyme disease, canine flu and leptospirosis.

Is the rabies vaccine required by law?

The rabies vaccine is required by law. Every cat and dog must be vaccinated against the virus and receive booster shots at regular intervals. The reason rabies is required by law is because there is no treatment for the illness, and it can be passed from animal to human via bites and scratches. Owners must keep their rabies vaccination paperwork on hand, and it must be current.

What is parvovirus, and why should my dog be vaccinated against it?

Parvovirus is usually a fatal illness in dogs that are unvaccinated. It causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. It is also highly contagious between dogs. We recommend initial parvo vaccines between six and 16 weeks. This shot requires two additional doses to complete immunity.

Do pet vaccines require booster shots to maintain immunity?

Most vaccines require yearly booster shots or booster shots once every three years. As time progresses, the benefits of the shot wear off and can leave your pet susceptible to many health destroying and difficult to treat viruses and infections. Some of the worst diseases include rabies, parvovirus and distemper.

I adopted a pet from a shelter. Does he or she need any vaccinations?

Shelter pets are often vaccinated against certain illnesses upon arrival, and sometimes their former owners will provide vaccination records. To determine which vaccinations your new shelter pet has been given, ask the shelter where you adopted your pet. If there are no records available, schedule a wellness examination for your pet to determine his or her health and if any vaccinations are required.

To schedule a pet vaccination or a wellness examine, please call our Ocala veterinary hospital at 352-274-9718.