Young animals are like kids–it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.

That is why here at Mill Creek Animal Clinic we safely administer all the “core” vaccines for all dogs and cats near Palos Park IL. “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets.

Core Vaccines For Dogs and Cats:

Rabies Vaccine– prevents this viral disease that is transmitted through a bite of an already infected animal most commonly in wildlife.

What vaccines do puppies need?

DA2PPV – Designed to combine Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza vaccines into an all-in-one injection to protect your dog from these serious diseases.

What vaccines do kittens need?

FVRCP This is a combination vaccine of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia to protect your cat from being infected by these serious diseases.

Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccinations:

for cats- FIV for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and FeLV to protect against Feline Leukemia.

For dogs- Bordetella and Canine Influenza shots are recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.

Should My Indoor Pet be Vaccinated?

It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to a disease. Your Mill Creek Animal Clinic veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to Make An Appointment, call us at (708) 361-6002.

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What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.