Vaccination Basics for Cats and Dogs

If you’re new to cat or dog ownership, you may not be familiar with the necessary vaccination protocols. Below, your Las Vegas, NV veterinarian gives you a crash course in the vaccines your pet will need:

Core Vaccines

All pets require the core vaccines, which are given to protect against particularly common and dangerous diseases like feline leukemia, rabies, distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, the feline immunodeficiency virus, and others. Essential core vaccines are often administered together in a batch when your pet is very young.

Non-Core Vaccines

As the name implies, non-core vaccines aren’t necessary for every pet. They might help, though, based on exposure risk, environment, and other factors. The Bordetella vaccine is one example; it prevents kennel cough, so it may be helpful for a pet who will find themselves in boarding facilities later in life.


Often, core vaccines are given to pets at as young as six weeks of age. Most will need booster shots to remain effective; these are given on a yearly basis or in multi-year increments. Ask your vet for more specifics on your pet’s vaccination schedule.

Does your pet need vaccinated? Don’t delay—make an appointment at your Vets Las Vegas, NV.