Vaccinations are an essential preventive health measure for your pets. Vaccines protect your pet from contagious diseases that can be extremely harmful or even fatal to them. Even if your pet stays inside most of the time, it’s important to vaccinate them. An airborne pathogen could easily come through an open window, and there is always the chance that your pet will slip out the door. In addition, if you take your pet anywhere, from dog parks to grooming salons to kennels for boarding, they are always at risk for being exposed to contagious diseases.

Essential Vaccinations for Your Dog

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP): You may have heard of this referred to as the “distemper shot.” It protects against the four diseases in the name.
  • Rabies: It’s essential to protect your pet against rabies because it is fatal to pets. It is also required by Colorado law.

Optional Vaccinations for Your Dog

While these vaccines aren’t required, your vet might recommend them based on your pet’s lifestyle.

  • Bordetella
  • Lyme Disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine Influenza
  • Coronavirus

Essential Vaccinations for Your Cat

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP): Like its dog counterpart, this is also called the “distemper shot” or “feline distemper.” It protects against the four diseases in the name.
  • Rabies: It is essential for all your pets to be vaccinated against rabies to protect them.

Optional Vaccinations for Your Cat

While these vaccines aren’t required, your vet might recommend them based on your pet’s lifestyle.

  • Feline Leukemia
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
  • Bordetella

At Countryside Animal Hospital, we can help protect your pet from preventable contagious diseases by vaccinating them. If you have questions about the vaccinations we offer, or are ready to go ahead and schedule an appointment, contact Countryside Animal Hospital today!