At VetCierge, we do not believe in over-vaccinating dogs and cats, and do not believe that one vaccination program fits all. The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases your pet may be at risk for, then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary while minimizing the risk of an adverse reaction. Dr.Lavine will customize your pet’s vaccination plan according their individual risk assessments.
Vaccines are products designed to stimulate protective immune responses inpets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system responds by mounting a protective response. When the patient is subsequently exposed to the organism, the immune system is prepared and either prevents infection or reduces the severity of disease.Immunizations are one of the best tools we have available in preventive medicine and are responsible for significant reductions in disease.
“Core”vaccines are recommended for most pets in a particular area because they protect from diseases most common in that area. “Non-Core” vaccines are reserved for individual pets with unique risks. Dogs can be immunized against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza, bordetella, leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Cats can be immunized against rabies, feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, feline leukemia, and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).