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Like people, pets need vaccinations to protect them against dangerous diseases. Vaccines help keep your pet healthy throughout his life. Pet owners in Akron and the surrounding communities can bring their pets to Akron Animal Clinic for the vaccinations they need. Here’s what you should know about pet vaccines.


How Vaccines Work

All pets can benefit from the protection vaccines provide. Vaccines are substances that stimulate your pet’s immune system to combat diseases that can threaten his life. If your dog or cat is exposed to a disease for which he has been vaccinated against, his body will know how to fight against it to keep him from getting sick or dying. There are different kinds of vaccines to combat different diseases. You can also choose different combinations of vaccines for your pet to provide the protection and care he needs.

Core and Non-core Vaccinations   

Vaccines are divided into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccinations are essential for your kit or pup, as they protect him from high-risk diseases that can lead to his early demise.

Core vaccinations for dogs include the deadly diseases of rabies, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and parainfluenza. 

For cats, core vaccinations are rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. The latter three can be covered by one vaccination.  

Non-core vaccinations are given according to your pet’s risk of exposure and lifestyle. If, for example, you live in an area where Lyme disease is rampant, you can vaccinate him against Lyme disease to protect your pet against this illness. If you board your pet often, our veterinarian may recommend vaccinating against kennel cough, as this disease is easily communicated through boarding facilities. We can help you determine what vaccinations will provide the best protection for your pet.

Vaccination Schedule

Some vaccines may be given annually by our animal hospital staff while others can be administered every 1-3 years, depending on your pet's age, health, environment, and lifestyle.  

Puppy/Kitten Vaccinations

Puppies and kittens receive some protection against diseases from their mother’s milk. Once they stop nursing, however, they’ll need vaccinations to keep them safe. Since their immune systems are still developing, baby pets need a series of vaccinations to safeguard their health. These vaccinations start around 6 weeks of age and are given every 3-4 weeks until your pet is 16 weeks old. From there, pets are put on a regular vaccination schedule to protect them from diseases.   

See Your Akron Veterinarian for Pet Vaccinations

To schedule an appointment to vaccinate your pet, contact Akron Animal Clinic at 330-836-0437 or visit our animal hospital today.