Vaccination Basics for Pet Owners

Vaccination is your pet’s first line of defense against dangerous, common, and contagious diseases. It’s an essential part of good healthcare! Below, your Fort Collins, CO veterinarian goes over the basics.

Core Vaccines

All pets require the core vaccines, which protect against particularly contagious and/or dangerous diseases like parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, feline leukemia, rabies, and others. Many of these vaccines are given together in a batch for convenience.

Non-Core Vaccines

Depending on your pet’s geographical location, exposure risk, pre-existing conditions, and other factors, non-core vaccines may also be necessary. Some examples include the Bordetella vaccine (which protects against kennel cough) and the Lyme disease vaccination. Talk to your veterinarian to find out what non-core vaccinations may benefit your pet.

Vaccine Schedule

Many vaccines can be given to pets when they’re quite young, sometimes at only a few weeks of age. From there, the vaccination regimen concludes around 16 weeks of age. Over your pet’s lifetime, booster shots will be needed in yearly or multi-year increments to keep vaccines effective.

If you have questions about your pet’s vaccination needs, don’t hesitate to contact your animal hospital Fort Collins, CO. We’re here to give your pet a lifetime of health and happiness!