Vaccinations are an essential part of keeping your pets safe from potentially lethal diseases. Puppies, kittens, and adult pets all need vaccines against rabies and other illnesses. The Veterinary Hospital in Eugene can help your pets stay up-to-date on recommended and optional vaccines, depending on their age and other factors. Give us a call at 541-688-1835 for an appointment with our veterinarians.

Pet Vaccination

How Pet Vaccines Work

Vaccinations for your pets work in a similar way to vaccines for people. Some include inactivated organisms, while others have modified or weakened organisms that cause certain diseases. These vaccines help your pet’s immune system learn how to deal with exposure to these diseases.

Puppy and Kitten Vaccines

Kittens and puppies don’t need vaccines right away, but they should start receiving them when they’re around six to eight weeks old. They’ll also need booster shots afterward to be fully protected from potentially harmful illnesses. Core or recommended vaccines that all puppies should get include distemper, hepatitis, and adenovirus (DHP), parvovirus, and rabies. Non-core or optional ones include Bordetella, canine influenza, and parainfluenza.

Core vaccines for kittens typically include feline calicivirus, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline panleukopenia, rabies, and feline leukemia virus. Non-core vaccines may include Bordetella and feline leukemia for kittens with a low risk of exposure.

Adult Pet Vaccinations

Adult dogs and cats should receive updated core and non-core vaccines as needed. Some, such as rabies, are required by law in many areas. Keep in mind that some vaccines for pets can last for up to three years, while others are given annually. Our veterinary team can let you know which vaccines your adult pets need to stay safe from rabies and other diseases.

When to Schedule Pet Vaccinations

The right schedule for your pet depends on different factors, including their age and exposure risks. We can recommend a vaccine schedule that keeps your pet current on core vaccines, along with any non-core vaccines they might need. These shots are generally done during wellness exams.

Side Effects of Pet Vaccines

Side effects are possible, but they’re typically mild. Your pet might not eat much or have a lot of energy for a day or two after getting their vaccines. The injection site might also be sore. Serious side effects from pet vaccinations are rare. We can provide additional information on these vaccines or answer any questions you have.

Visit Our Veterinarians in Eugene, OR

Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? If your pets are due for vaccines, contact The Veterinary Hospital at 541-688-1835 for an appointment. Our veterinarians can administer puppy or kitten vaccines or adult pet vaccinations as needed.

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