At Lakeview Animal Hospital, we urge all pet owners to keep their pets’ vaccination schedules current. These pet vaccinations provide an extremely cost effective way to prevent some malicious and painful diseases from sickening our beloved pets—or, in some cases, even spreading those diseases to their human family members. Vaccines are a low-risk, high-benefit preventative medicine procedure that only takes a few minutes once a year or even every couple of years, depending on the vaccine.

First of all, it is important to understand that some vaccines are considered necessary, while others will help under certain circumstances. Our veterinarians will review your pet’s individual health and lifestyle factors to ensure that your pet receives only those vaccinations that he or she requires for the best immunity.

Dog Vaccinations in Edmonton

The following are core vaccine recommendations for all dogs:

  • Rabies (required by law)
  • Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Parvovirus

A few examples of non-core dog vaccines that may be recommend if your pet has extra risk factors:

  • Bordetella
  • Borrelia Burgdorferi
  • Leptospirosis

Cat Vaccinations in Edmonton

The following are core vaccine recommendations for all cats:

  • Rabies (required by law)
  • Feline Distemper
  • Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus Type I)
  • Feline Calicivirus

Some examples of non-core cat vaccines that our veterinarians may recommend if your cat has specific risk factors:

  • Feline Leukemia
  • Bordetella
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Chylamydophila Felis

Pet Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens

For the first six to eight weeks after birth, puppies and kittens enjoy some immunity from their mothers. But after this, they are extremely vulnerable to infection unless they are vaccinated. So starting at this young age, our veterinarians strongly urge pet owners to begin their pets on their initial vaccination schedule. Core vaccines will be administered in stages every three to four weeks, with the final dosage administered between 16-20 weeks.

These immunizations will stimulate your pet’s immune system to generate antibodies against several dangerous and highly-contagious diseases. When (not if) your pets come into contact with these pathogens while out and about, their bodies should then be ready to deactivate the disease before it makes them sick.

Side effects with pet vaccinations are very rare. When they do happen, they are usually mild and manageable, such as soreness and swelling at the injection site, or very rarely, a fever or allergic reaction. Please call us if any of these symptoms occur after a vaccination.

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