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Pet Vaccinations: Protecting Their Health and Extending Their Life

An easy way to provide your pet with sufficient protection against rabies, Lyme disease, distemper, and other viruses is to have them vaccinated on a regular schedule throughout their life. Dogs and cats may lead very different lifestyles, but they all benefit from the heightened immunity that vaccines offer. At Back Bay Veterinary Clinic, we respect our patients’ unique needs by building flexible, tailored vaccine plans that sustain their immunity to illness for the long term.

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Why Is It so Important to Vaccinate?

While some pet illnesses can be minor and relatively easy to treat, others, like rabies and distemper, are life-threatening and may not be treatable at all. Vaccinating your four-legged family member greatly minimizes their infection risks and can spare them from stressful, costly medical care.

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Vaccines We Recommend

Dog vaccines and cat vaccines are two distinct types of vaccines; each is specifically designed to increase your pet’s immunity to certain illnesses safely and effectively.

Dog vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • DA2PP
  • Lyme
  • Lepto
  • CIV
  • Bordetella

Cat vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP
  • FELV

To prevent the risk of over-vaccination, we offer 3-year rabies and DA2PP vaccines for dogs, and 3-year FVRCP vaccines for cats. We offer these vaccines for pets that have already had the 1-year versions.

How Many Vaccinations Does My Pet Need Every Year?

Which vaccines will your pet’s plan include? As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we follow the latest AAHA guidelines for vaccinating dogs and cats. This means that we provide “core” vaccines, which are usually essential to your pet’s safety, and “non-core” vaccines, which are given based on their risk of encountering a certain disease, such as Bordetella (dogs) or leukemia (cats).

After evaluating your pet and getting to know their way of life, we can help you narrow down their vaccine options and create a treatment plan that covers all their essential needs. If in the near future you plan to board your pet or take them traveling, be sure to contact us so we can review their medical history and let you know if they need additional vaccines.

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