Depending On Your Pets and Your Habits, Your Pet May Be At Greater Risk For Certain Diseases Than You Think
Vaccines are the most well-known and common form of preventive medicine. It mainly protects your pet from certain diseases, but it prevents the transmission of certain zoonotic diseases. Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Some examples of these are rabies and leptospirosis.
Cats and dogs can be vaccinated against a variety of illnesses. However, that doesn't mean they need to have every single vaccination available. The only one legally required in Ontario is rabies. There are what we consider core vaccines, which are vaccines that are not legally required but we consider essential to your pets health. For instance, Distemper and Parvo vaccines for dogs and FVRCP vaccine for cats are considered core vaccines.
Your vet will recommend the vaccinations necessary according to your pet's needs and lifestyle. For example, if your dog goes to the dog park or doggie day care, we would recommend for him/her to receive the Bordetella vaccine, which protects against kennel cough. Your vet will also advise you on the frequency of the vaccines to be administered.
Discuss this with your vet, who will know which vaccinations are best for your pet, whether they are a homebody or a great adventurer!