Vaccinating your Dog: Recommendations

Puppies get initial immunity from their mother's milk!

Dogs, like cats, acquire their initial immune system via breast milk in the first hours of life. This special milk, called “colostrum”, contains molecules (“maternal antibodies”) developed by the mother as a result of her vaccinations and disease exposures. Maternal … [Read more...]

Vaccinating your Dog: Core versus Non-Core Vaccines

Golden Retriever Puppy

International veterinary panel recommendations distinguish between core and non-core vaccines. The former are recommended for all pets, the latter are recommended only under certain circumstances. Vaccinations are considered core when the disease is life-threatening, if no … [Read more...]

Vaccinating your Dog or Cat: How Vaccines Work

German Shepard

Vaccines stimulate your pet’s immune system in an effort to reduce the risk and/or severity of an infectious disease. This is accomplished by giving a modified, nondisease-causing version of the organism. Vaccines usually guard against viruses such as rabies, parvo and … [Read more...]

Ask the Vet: Cat Vaccines and Cancer?

Veterinary oncologist, Dr. Stephen Atwater, discusses the controversial and complex subject of feline vaccinations and cancer.   … [Read more...]

General Vaccination Recommendations for Cats

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Broadly, a vaccine is a modified version of a disease-causing organism intended to stimulate the body’s natural immune system to reduce the risk and/or severity of disease in the future. Most often, vaccines guard against viruses, which cannot be cured by any medications … [Read more...]

Routine Vaccinations in Dogs and Cats: The Risks

Vaccination- Part of Responsible Pet Ownership

Reactions to routine vaccinations for dogs and cats can prevent themselves in varying severity. Mild-Moderate Adverse Vaccine Reactions in Dogs and Cats Vaccination involves the intentional stimulation of your pet’s immune system, and unintended consequences infrequently … [Read more...]

Vaccinating your Dog Against Lyme Disease

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If a dog lives in a non-endemic area for Lyme disease it is most likely not beneficial to vaccinate them for Lyme disease.  Currently known endemic areas are the northeastern states, the upper Midwest, and coastal regions of northern California, Oregon, and … [Read more...]