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The need for pet vaccinations

Vaccines are a breakthrough in medicine and an invaluable shield to help your pet stay strong and healthy by protecting them from diseases.  Vaccines work by training the immune system to respond quickly when confronted by a specific disease.  The animal’s rapid response to exposure to this disease reduces the severity of the illness, prevents possible death and speeds up recovery.  By vaccinating your pet to the major common ailments, you are helping to boost their  immune systems.

Vaccines are not only superb protection against disease for your pet but also for the pet’s human family and neighboring animals.  They help the animal’s immune system to build up a highly effective defense against otherwise deadly diseases.

Is it time for your pet’s vaccination and which vaccines should be given?

The best advice for your pet’s vaccination and health can be given by the veterinarian who examines your pet.  The veterinarian is your most valuable resource for tailoring your pet’s vaccination and check-up program.

Through knowledge and examining your pet, we can help you to decide when it is time for the next vaccination session and how frequently your pet should be vaccinated in the future.  When your pet is examined the veterinarian can recommend which vaccines are best suited.

Lifestyle factors are important to consider when designing the vaccination protocol for your pet:

  • Is your pet mainly indoors or outdoors or both?

  • Does your pet travel with you?  Where do you travel to?

  • Is your pet surrounded by other pets in the home?

Based on the information gathered from these questions and others, our clinic will customize a combination of the following vaccines and remind you when your pet should return to receive their next vaccination dose.

List of Common Pet Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats




Bordetella bronchiseptica


Calicivirus (FVC)

Corona virus





FVRCP Combination


Herpesvirus (FHV)

Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae

Immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

Leptospira canicola

Infectious peritonitis (FIP)


Leukemia virus (FeLV)

Lyme disease

Panleukopenia virus (Distemper, FPV)



Parvo virus






Are you planning on travelling with your pet? Your pet may need special vaccinations!

It is important to discuss any travel plans you may have that involve your pet with your veterinarian.  Pets, like humans, are susceptible to contracting serious illnesses when exposed to a different environment.  Other countries may also have specific vaccination and health guidelines that you and your pet must follow to gain entry to the country.  Ask us for more information or consult the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website:, and the Government of Canada Animal Health Office for more information about vaccination regulations.




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