Pet Vaccinations From Your East Los Angeles Vet Hospital

Vaccinations are one of the most important and effective tools we have to ensure the health of your animal companion. By triggering your pet’s immune system to develop antibodies, we make it possible for your dog or cat to fight off many of the common diseases that are so debilitating and often deadly to pets. As your East Los Angeles vet hospital, we are your source for dog and cat vaccinations in Montebello, Casillas, Lynwood and the surrounding areas.

Understanding Pet Vaccinations

Many pet owners do not realize that only certain vaccinations are necessary for most pets. While there are a number of different vaccines available for dogs and cats, only some of them are recommended for the average household pet. The best way to determine what vaccinations your pet needs, and to avoid giving unnecessary vaccinations, is to speak with your veterinarian.

Dogs and cats both have a set of core vaccinations that are recommended for all pets. These vaccinations are considered core and necessary because the diseases they protect against are so widespread and so dangerous when contracted.

Core Vaccinations

Core vaccinations include:

Core Vaccinations for Dogs

  • Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, and Adenovirus
  • Canine Rabies
  • Canine Leptospira

Core Vaccinations for Cats

  • Feline Herpesvirus 1, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia
  • Feline Rabies
  • Feline Leukemia

Non-Core Vaccinations

Non-core vaccinations are only recommended for pets that are likely to be exposed to certain diseases. For instance, canine bordetella is a disease that is most often contracted when a dog is exposed to numerous other dogs, like in a boarding facility. For this reason, many boarding facilities require that any dog staying at the facility be vaccinated against bordetella. If your dog is not going to be staying at a kennel, or in a similar situation, the canine bordetella vaccination is probably not necessary.

Common non-core vaccinations include:

Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs

  • Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella
  • Canine Influenza (CIV)
  • Canine Distemper-Measles Combo

Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats

  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Feline Chlamydia
  • Feline Bordetella

Vaccinations are a Part of Pet Wellness

Pet wellness is a term used to describe the ongoing care of your pet. We focus on pet wellness by encouraging regular, annual wellness exams that include a thorough physical examination, any recommended tests, and regularly updated vaccinations according to an appropriate vaccination schedule. As your veterinarian, we are committed to helping your pet live a long, healthy, happy life – and pet wellness is a major part of the process.

Whether you just got your pet – as a puppy or kitten or as an adult – or you have fallen behind on regular veterinary care, we invite you to pay us a visit for a pet wellness exam. Bring your pet’s vaccination records if you have them, and we will be happy to setup regular vet exams and a new vaccination schedule.