At Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, we want your pet to live a long, disease-free life, just as much as you do. That’s why we recommend that they be vaccinated on a regular basis. Vaccines help strengthen your pet’s immune system, allowing it to be better prepared to fight off certain viruses and diseases. Pet vaccinations should be part of every dog’s and cat’s wellness plan as a means of preventive care.
We offer both core (vital) and non-core (optional) vaccines which can be customized for each pet, based on age, breed, and lifestyle/risk of exposure. These vaccines are based on the American Animal Hospital Association’s guidelines, which means they reflect the highest standards in veterinary medicine. To remain effective, vaccines should be updated every one to three years, which we can discuss further at your pet’s next wellness visit.
Core Vs. Non-Core Vaccines
The following are some of the core and non-core pet vaccines we offer here in Los Angeles:
- Rabies: This virus is 100% fatal and can affect dogs, cats, and other mammals. There is no treatment available for rabies.
- Distemper: This severe disease, caused by an airborne virus, can affect both dogs and cats. It can be fatal if not treated.
- Canine parvovirus: This contagious canine virus is usually fatal, if left untreated. It can cause bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
- Lyme: Lyme is a tick-borne disease that affects dogs and other mammals. Therefore, this vaccine is usually recommended only for dogs that may be exposed to ticks, such as in the woods.
- Feline leukemia: This is a contagious, cancer-causing virus that can be transferred from cat to cat, which is why it’s typically recommended for outdoor cats.
- Bordetella: This contagious upper respiratory condition can affect both dogs and cats. It’s transferred from dog to dog or cat to cat.
If you’d like to learn more about the core and non-core pet vaccines we offer at our Los Angeles pet hospital, or if you need to schedule your pet’s vaccination appointment, give us a call at (323) 664-3309.
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