Vaccines FAQs

Vaccines are a must to help protect your pet against contagious diseases. If you’re not sure what kind of vaccinations your pet needs, these FAQs from Pet Medical Services in Orem can help you make wise decisions.


Why should I vaccinate my pet?

Vaccines protect pets against life threatening diseases like rabies, parvovirus, and distemper. Even indoor pets are at risk of disease. If your pet is exposed to a contagious disease, his immune system will be able to fight it off if he has been vaccinated against it. Otherwise, he could easily succumb to the disease. Vaccines are a preventative measure to keep your pet as healthy as possible over his lifespan. Vaccinating your pet also protects you against getting a disease from your pet.

What are core vaccines?

Core vaccines are those that are vital to your pet’s health. Dogs can receive the core canine series of vaccines known as DHPP which protects them against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and hepatitis. The core vaccination series for cats is known as FVRCP which protects them against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and feline distemper.

What are non-core vaccines?

Non-core vaccines are those given to pets as necessary due to lifestyle. If your pet lives in an area where he’s at risk for a certain disease, your veterinary specialist may recommend he be vaccinated against that disease. If you board your dog often, you can vaccinate him against kennel cough to protect him from this contagious disease.

What vaccines should be given to a puppy or kitten?

As baby pets’ immune systems are still developing, they need to receive a series of vaccines to keep them safe from infectious diseases. This series can begin when your kitten or puppy is 8 to 10 weeks old and continue every 3-4 weeks until he reaches 18-20 weeks of age. Once this series is finished, your veterinary specialist can put your pet on a vaccination schedule that meets his healthcare needs.

How often should dogs and cats be vaccinated?

Vaccination schedules may vary from pet to pet, depending on age, breed, and overall health. After a thorough examination of your pet, our veterinary specialist can customize a vaccination schedule suited to your pet’s needs. At Pet Medical Services, we take preventative measures to ensure your pet’s vaccinations are updated regularly to keep him in optimal health.  

See Our Orem Veterinary Specialist for Pet Vaccines

Your pet’s health is too important to leave to chance. Vaccinations protect your pet from dangerous diseases that can cause his early demise. To schedule vaccinations for your kit or pup, contact Pet Medical Services in Orem at 385-375-2000 today. We’re here to meet all your veterinary care needs.


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