Preventative Care with Pet Vaccinations

From parasite control to diet and exercise to dental cleanings, there are many ways to prevent diseases in pets, and one of the most important is with vaccines. Here at Primary Care Animal Hospital, we offer various pet vaccines that offer protection against various illnesses—some of which can be very serious. We recommend that both indoor and outdoor pets be vaccinated on a regular basis. The vaccination schedule of each pet can include either just core vaccines or both core and non-core vaccines (see below). Because we abide by the highest standards in veterinary medicine, you can be confident in the effectiveness of the vaccines that your pet receives here at our Arroyo Grande hospital.

Core Vs. Non-Core Pet Vaccines

To accommodate the various lifestyles of dogs and cats, pet vaccines are divided into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are considered essential to a pet’s health, regardless of lifestyle. Non-core vaccines are considered optional and are usually recommended only if a pet has a greater chance of being exposed to a certain illness. An example of a non-core vaccine is the feline leukemia (a contagious cat-to-cat virus) vaccine, which is usually recommended for cats that may come in contact with other cats.

The following are some of the core and non-core pet vaccines we offer for cats and dogs:

Cat Vaccines
  • Rabies (core)
  • Herpes virus type 1 (core)
  • Calicivirus (core)
  • Distemper (core)
  • Coronavirus (non-core)
  • Feline leukemia (non-core)
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (non-core)
Dog Vaccines
  • Rabies (core)
  • Distemper (core)
  • Hepatitis (core)
  • Parvovirus (core)
  • Parainfluenza (core)
  • Bordetella (non-core)
  • Leptospirosis (non-core)
  • Canine Influenza (recommended)

Customizing Your Pet’s Vaccination Schedule

Ideally, it’s best to begin vaccinating pets when they’re puppies and kittens, but vaccination schedules can be created for adult pets, too. The first series of vaccinations are usually given at or under 16 weeks of age. The initial adult vaccinations are then given after 4 months of age, every 1-3 years. We’ll consider your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, and exposure risk to customize a vaccination schedule to meet their needs. If you have any questions about pet vaccinations, call our pet hospital in Arroyo Grande at 805-489-4307.