Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
The Derry Village Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital serving Mississauga, Brampton, and the surrounding areas, offering appointments and emergency treatment for your beloved pets.
Why Vaccinate Your Pets?
The controversy over children receiving vaccines for childhood illnesses has been in the news of late. Rumors and misinformation on the topic are spreading like wildfire on the Internet. Parents are discarding sound medical advice and exposing their children and their children's school mates to potentially fatal diseases.
There has been similar discussion about vaccinating pets. The best veterinary resources advise that pets be vaccinated, and for the same reasons as children: It can keep them healthy and increase their life span. Although there may be minor side effects, such as soreness around the injection site, serious repercussions are rare.
There are core (required) and non-core (optional) vaccines for pets. Some are administered yearly, while others are due every few years. Which vaccines are appropriate may vary, depending on your pet's age, where you live, and lifestyle. Your veterinarian will tell you which vaccinations are right for your pet, and when to administer them.
How Do Pet Vaccinations Work?
Vaccinations are injections that give the immune system the ability to fight off diseases that could be fatal, that could spread rapidly to other animals, or that could infect humans. Vaccines are arguably the most important medical discovery for the general good health of people and animals.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
Universal diseases to guard against are rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and adenovirus-2.
Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs
There are optional vaccines available to ward off Bordetella, parainfluenza, Leptospira, and Lyme disease.
Core Vaccines for Cats
For cats, your vet will want to immunize for panleukopenia, which is the feline form of parvovirus, and for herpes virus, rabies, and calicivirus.
Non-Core Vaccines for Cats
Optional vaccines are available should your cat need protection from feline leukemia, feline immune deficiency virus, chlamydophilia, or Bordetella.
It's Your Decision
Being a good pet parent means doing some research on your own so that you are an educated pet owner. A good vet will be on top of the latest research and will be able to answer your questions. After discussing your pet's medical history, geography, core and non-core vaccinations, a vet can then propose a vaccination schedule that is fitting for your pet.
Let's Talk Pet Vaccinations
We are located at 7070 St Barbara Blvd, #32, Mississauga, ON L5W0E6