Preventative Care with Pet Vaccinations

Preventative Care with Pet Vaccinations

When you welcome a pet into your home, you take on the responsibility of their health. They count on you to provide food, water, a warm bed, and lots of love. Bringing them to see a veterinarian for their yearly exam is part of that care. Vaccinations are part of good preventive care for your pets. At Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, we are here to help make sure you can enjoy your pet’s company for many years.

Preventive Care

The ideal way to care for your pet is to prevent them from getting sick. This requires preventive care. A yearly exam is vital to this process. A yearly exam allows your veterinarian to take your pet's vital numbers, check their weight, heart, and lungs, do blood tests and give them a head to toe hands-on exam. Many diseases can be detected early this way.


Vaccinations can protect your pets from many of the worst diseases that can affect them. In California, only dogs are required to have any vaccinations and that is for rabies. It is recommended that cats get a rabies vaccination, but it is not required. There are two types of vaccines, core and non-core (lifestyle) vaccines.

For dogs:

Core vaccines are rabies, canine parvovirus, hepatitis and distemper. They are considered core because of the seriousness of the disease; how transmittable they are to humans and the exposure risk.

Non-core vaccinations include Lyme Disease, Leptospira, Bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza virus and Borrelia burgdorferi. Having a veterinarian who knows your dog and their lifestyle is important in deciding which non-core vaccines are right for your dog.

For cats:

Core vaccines for cats are feline distemper, calicivirus, herpesvirus type I and rabies.

None-core vaccinations include feline leukemia, immunodeficiency virus Bordetella, and Chlamydophila felis.

Getting Vaccinations From Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach

If your dog is outside a lot, they are susceptible to Lyme Disease and if they board at a kennel, Parainfluenza is a definite risk. Talk to your veterinarian about your concerns when it comes to preventive care. Give us a call at (714) 784-0680.

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