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Once you have your new pet, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to ensure he or she lives a happy, healthy life. Part of this process is getting appropriate and timely immunizations from our animal hospital in Chicago. There are two categories of vaccinations: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines protect against deadly diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and rabies. Non-core vaccinations are based on your pet’s lifestyle, taking into account things such as where they go when they’re outside, if they go to dog parks, or if they’re groomed or boarded often.

Why Are Vaccinations Necessary?

In recent years, the topic of pet vaccinations has been hotly debated, especially after the heated debate surrounding human children’s vaccinations. At our animal hospital in Chicago, we encourage all pet owners to ensure their pet is appropriately vaccinated to protect them from potentially deadly infections. Experts agree that in the last century, pet vaccinations have prevented both death and disease in millions of animals! Vaccines can also help avoid costly treatments in the future. Simple routine vaccinations can greatly improve your pet’s quality of life and provide you with peace of mind.

How Often are Vaccinations Necessary?

The answer to this question depends on the exact vaccinations that your pets receive. Some vaccinations can be given every 2-3 years, while some others may require more frequent vaccinations (yearly) to remain effective. Our animal hospital in Chicago can provide guidance on what vaccinations need to be received, and at what time, to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy!

Please note: Village West Veterinary is pleased to also offer antibody TITER TESTING for select viral infections, so you can know if your pet is protected and possibly even SKIP a vaccine! This is done from a simple blood sampling.

Keep in mind that vaccines may come with side effects that could affect your pet. Feel free to talk with our veterinarians if you have questions or concerns about specific side effects.