Preventing Viruses and Diseases with Pet Vaccinations
When it comes to preventive care for your four-legged friend, there are many things that should be included, in addition to the standard wellness exam. Physical exams are typically the first line of defense in making and keeping a pet healthy, but vaccines are needed to prevent certain illnesses. This is why they should be included with every pet’s wellness plan. Typically, pet vaccines are updated at the time of the annual or bi-annual wellness exam. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, Veterinary Medical Center in Studio City takes extra measures to ensure that pets receive the best possible care available, including vaccinations.
How Pet Vaccines Work
Vaccines contain antigens, which are foreign substances in the body that mimic a certain virus or disease but without causing the full symptoms. As a result, the immune system is stimulated, and antibodies are created. These antibodies then help the body fight off the real illness, if ever a pet is exposed to it. Vaccine-related antibodies eventually weaken over time, which is why pet vaccines need to be updated every 1-3 years to remain effective.
Core Vs. Non-Core Pet Vaccines
In veterinary medicine, there are two categories of vaccines to keep pets healthy: core and non-core. Core vaccines are generally universally recommended by veterinarians for dogs and cats, whether they’re indoor or outdoor pets. Non-core vaccines are only recommended if a pet’s risk of exposure to a certain illness is high. Some pets only require core vaccines while others, such as outdoor pets, require both. The following are some of the core and non-core vaccines we offer here in Studio City:
Core Vaccine Examples
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Feline distemper (core)
- Feline calici virus
Non-Core Vaccine Examples
- Canine Bordetella
- Canine Lyme disease
- Feline leukemia virus
- Feline immunodeficiency virus
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will determine which vaccines are needed to keep them healthy. We’ll also customize a vaccination schedule so you can know which vaccines need to be updated at what time. Give us call at 818-762-3111 if you’d like to learn more about our pet vaccination services or if you’d like to make an appointment. You can also use our convenient online form.