Just like humans, pets need vaccinations to protect them from possibly fatal illnesses. Even indoor pets run the risk of picking up harmful viruses, especially if they are boarded often or have contact with other pets. At Pembina Veterinary Hospital we provide pet vaccinations in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. Most vaccines must be administered annually to ensure optimal protection of the pet. However, there are some vaccines that are not required every year, especially in cats.
Vaccines are usually split into two categories: core vaccines, meaning those that are recommended for all pets and non-core vaccines, which are additional vaccines that may be suggested based on the region you live in and your pet’s lifestyle. The veterinarians at Pembina can help you determine which vaccines your pet needs and suggest a schedule to keep so that your pet is always protected.
Core vaccines are recommended for every single pet, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor. These vaccines prevent the most common and harmful types of animal diseases. If you have a pet or are getting a new pet, you should be prepared to get them the following vaccines:
Non-core vaccines are usually recommended by your veterinarian for pets that may be at a higher risk of contracting certain illnesses. This will be determined based on the pet’s lifestyle (whether they live mainly outdoor or indoor, etc.) and the region in which you live. Feel free to ask your Winnipeg veterinarian about any of the following non-core vaccines:
How Often Does My Pet Need Vaccinations?
Most of the vaccinations mentioned on this page require an initial dosage when the pet is small, usually between 6 weeks and 3 months. After the initial dosage, boosters are usually required every 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccine and the pet.
If you have adopted an older pet, no need to worry. These vaccines can be administered at any time throughout the animal’s lifespan. And even if you are unsure what, if any, vaccines your new pet had received previously, these vaccines can be given again to ensure your pet is protected.
Did you forget to bring your pet in for its annual vaccinations? That’s ok. Just let our vets know the date of the last vaccinations and they can recommend what to do to get your vaccination schedule back on track.
If you have any questions about pet vaccinations, call our Winnipeg office to speak with our knowledgeable staff. We can help you figure out the best way to protect your pet and keep them healthy for years to come.