Core Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
There are two types of vaccines: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that are considered to be essential for every pet. Non-core pet vaccinations are not essential but may be recommended by your vet based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to certain diseases.
Here are the vaccinations that are considered to be essential for dogs:
- Rabies: Rabies is a virus that can be fatal. All mammals are susceptible to infection. Most states require that dogs receive regular rabies vaccinations.
- DHPP: This is commonly called the “distemper shot.” It’s a combination vaccine that provides protection against four diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
These are the core vaccines recommended for cats:
- Rabies: (See description above)
- FVRCP: This is a combination vaccine that protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (which is sometimes called “feline distemper”).