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Why You Need To Have Your Pet Vaccinated

Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations From Your New York Veterinarian

Is your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations? You shouldn’t have to guess the answer.

If you see a New York veterinary doctor, the two of you can create a vaccination schedule to make sure your cat or dog never misses out on their shots again. You’ll leave with peace of mind knowing your pet is safeguarded against many common illnesses and parasites.

What Are Core Vaccinations?

Some vaccinations are more important than others. These are known as core vaccines. Depending on whether you own a dog or cat, the core vaccines vary. Here’s an overview of the core vaccines for both types of pets:

  • Cats need core vaccines for rabies, rhinotracheitis or feline herpesvirus type I, feline calicivirus, and feline distemper or panleukopenia.

  • Dogs need core vaccines for rabies, canine hepatitis, distemper, and canine parvovirus.

Then there are non-core vaccines. These aren’t always mandatory and often depend on whether you keep your pet indoors versus outdoors. In cats, non-core vaccines protect against feline immunodeficiency virus, Chlamydophila felis, Bordetella, and feline leukemia virus. In dogs, non-core vaccines protect against Leptospira bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

What about Adult Pets? Do They Need to Be Vaccinated?

Absolutely, adult pets need to be vaccinated. Admittedly, puppies and kittens need far more vaccines than adult pets do but don’t get lax just because your pet is fully-grown. Here’s the vaccination schedule for cats and dogs:


  • Upon turning six weeks old (sometimes eight weeks old), a kitten should get their first vaccine. These repeat about every four weeks. Once the kitten turns 16 weeks old, vaccinations can stop.

  • Once the cat reaches adulthood, the vaccination schedule changes. For some pets, they need vaccinations on a three-year basis. For others, it’s every year.


  • Like cats, upon turning six (or eight) weeks old, puppies can start getting vaccinated. These vaccines follow the same schedule as cats, which should be every four weeks until the puppy turns 16 weeks old.

  • Once the dog reaches adulthood, they will need vaccines less frequently. Sometimes dogs can go three years between vaccines. For others, it’s recommended to go no more than one year.

If you have any questions about your pet’s vaccination schedule, be sure to contact your New York vet for more information.

Schedule an Appointment with Your New York Veterinarian

Are you looking for a veterinarian in New York to vaccinate your dog, cat, or other pet? Come see us at Animal General. We proudly serve those in the Upper and West Side of the city.

Our veterinary services include a pet pharmacy, adoption services, pet dental care, vaccinations, and much more. To contact our vet today or book an appointment, give us a call at 212-501-9600 or visit us at Animal General on 558 Columbus Avenue.

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