The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pet

Humans get their vaccinations when they are babies and children. Pets are pretty much the same, their vaccination schedule begins when they are kittens and puppies. At Animal Medical Center in Lubbock, TX, our veterinarians understand the importance of vaccinating pets. We will set up a schedule with you to make sure your furry friend gets the best possible pet care.

State Laws

Some pet illnesses are so serious that vaccinations can be a matter of life and death. In the case of rabies, our state laws in Texas tell you just how serious it is. Dogs and cats in Texas need to be vaccinated by the time they are four months old. They must be given a booster at 12 months of age and then receive their vaccinations every 36 months thereafter.

Core Vaccinations

Core vaccinations are deemed necessary for all cats and dogs. The reasons they are core vaccines involve the risk of exposure, how severe the disease is, and if they can be transmitted to humans. Core vaccines for dogs and cats are not the same but they are equally important:

  • Dogs: For dogs, the core vaccines are rabies, canine parvovirus, distemper, and canine hepatitis.
  • Cats: For cats, the core vaccines are rabies, feline distemper, feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus type I.

Non-Core/Lifestyle Vaccinations

Non-core vaccines are deemed necessary for some pets but not for all. If your pet is exposed to danger due to its lifestyle, it is a good candidate for some non-core vaccines:

  • Dogs: Dog non-core vaccines include Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Leptospira bacteria.
  • Cats: For cats, lifestyle vaccines include feline leukemia, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis, and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Contact Our Veterinarians in Lubbock, TX

Vaccinations are responsible for saving millions of pet lives throughout the decades. If you live in or around Lubbock and need to set up a vaccination schedule for your cat or dog, contact our veterinarians at Animal Medical Center. We provide a wide array of veterinary services, including vaccinations. Call our team today at 806-794-4118 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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