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Dog and Cat Vaccinations

Learn about common vaccinations for dogs and cats, including "core" and "non-core" vaccine recommendations. Also find answers to questions such as vaccinating a pregnant animal and vaccine doses.
  1. Dog vaccines (7)
  2. Cat Vaccines (8)

Vaccines for Cats
About vaccination in cats, including which vaccines are commonly given to cats as part of their preventative medicine program.

Vaccines for Dogs
About vaccination in dogs, including which vaccines are commonly given to dogs as part of their preventative medicine program.

Dog and Cat Vaccinations - How do you feel about dog and cat vaccinations?
It used to be that dogs and cats were examined and vaccinated every year, as soon as that reminder card came in the mail. In recent years, with the development of new vaccine technologies and ways to assess risks and protection levels, thoughts on vaccination protocols have changed. Many veterinarians now follow the The American Animal Hospital...

Rabies Health Alert
Health alert information about this fatal viral disease that is transmissible to humans.

Rabies in Pets - Dealing with Dogs and Cats That Have Been Exposed to Rabies
Rabies is a zoonotic disease that can be passed from pets to people. For that reason, vaccination is essential to protect both pets and people.

Vaccine Doses
After posting the Rabies vaccine FAQ, a viewer asked about vaccine doses. Why is the same dose given to small dogs and cats as large dogs? This is a great question and explains why vaccines are different than injectable drugs or oral medications that are typically dosed by weight.

Is it OK to vaccinate my pet if she is pregnant or nursing?
Is it OK to vaccinate your pet if she is pregnant or may be pregnant? What about if she is nursing? Will the kittens or puppies be harmed? The answers to these questions can vary, and it is not always as simple as yes or no. Read this FAQ to find out the safest basic guidelines.

What is a recombinant vaccine, and how does it work?
Learn how has veterinary vaccination medicine changed and improved over the years. Recombinant technology allows for safer vaccination for our pets with less risk of disease or allergic reaction and better protection from natural disease.

Feline Vaccination Protocols
Vaccination discussion and recommendations for cats, from Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVIM, Professor of Medicine, North Carolina State University.

VAFSTF Vaccine Site Recommendations
Vaccine Site Recommendations from the VAFSTF and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force
Home page of the VAFSTF. Information on current news, research, and historical findings on the link between vaccinations and sarcoma formation.

The Fallacy of Titer Tests
Guest author Will Falconer, DVM, a Certified Veterinary Homeopath, discusses pet vaccinations and vaccine titers.

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