Pets require vaccinations to get protection from various illnesses. It is a good idea to ensure that your pet gets all of the necessary vaccinations at the right time to keep your pet safe from illnesses. At Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital in Laurel, we offer pet vaccinations and other veterinary services. Some of the pets we vaccinate in our animal hospital include dogs, cats, rabbits, equine, and farm animals. Our veterinarians will create a vaccination schedule for your pet to ensure he gets all of the vaccines he needs to live a long life free from illnesses.


Pet Vaccinations

Vaccines are divided into core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are crucial for all pets since they protect them from highly infectious and deadly diseases. Non-core vaccines are administered based on the risk of exposure; hence they are not given to all pets. Some of the core vaccinations for dogs include:

  • Distemper vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Canine hepatitis vaccine
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • Giardia vaccine
  • Rattlesnake vaccine


Non-core vaccines include:

For cats, some of the core vaccines include:

  • Rabies vaccine
  • Parvovirus vaccine
  • Parainfluenza vaccine
  • Feline distemper vaccine
  • Feline calicivirus vaccine

Non-core vaccines for cats include:

  • Chlamydia felis
  • Feline AIDS vaccine
  • Feline leukemia vaccine
  • Feline infectious peritonitis vaccine

How Often Should a Pet Be Vaccinated?

Your veterinarian will advise you on when your pet should be vaccinated. Some of the things we consider when determining how often a pet should be vaccinated include the health of the pet, his age, geographical location, risk of exposure to diseases, and contact with other pets.

The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Pet vaccinations are very important since they protect pets against contagious and life-threatening diseases. Vaccines have been proven to prevent the death of millions of pets every year. When you take your pet to the veterinarian for a vaccination, you also protect yourself and your family since some pet diseases can be transmitted to humans. Each state has certain rules and regulations concerning pets’ vaccinations. Making sure that your pet has been properly vaccinated will save you from legal problems.

Side Effects

The risk of your pet developing adverse side effects after being vaccinated is very low. Most pets do not experience any side effects at all, while others may develop swelling around the area of injection. Others may develop fever, soreness, or lethargy but only for a brief period.

Vaccination Services at Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital

Bring your dogs, cats, rabbits, equine, and farm animals in for a visit with our team at Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital. We will ask about your pet's medical history and questions about your pet’s lifestyle to determine which non-core vaccines he needs. At Mattituck - Laurel Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family they are. Call our team today at (631) 298-1177 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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