Puppies and kittens have limited immunity to diseases. That’s why pets need to be vaccinated early so they can build up resistance. Vaccines trigger a pet’s immune system to manufacture antibodies to fight off infection, but this immunity does not last forever. A single vaccination cannot provide a lifetime of protection. Pets need annual booster shots to keep their immunity. The Animal Hospital of Bentonville recommends the following immunization schedules for your cat or dog.
Canine and feline immunizations are divided into core and non-core vaccines. All dogs and cats should receive core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given based on you and your pet’s lifestyles. Be sure to ask our veterinary staff for guidance on the vaccines your pet needs.
As your pet ages, their immunity requirements change. Talk to your veterinary staff so an individual vaccination program can be developed.
Schedule Your Pet’s Vaccination with Your Veterinarian in Bentonville
If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, please contact the Animal Hospital of Bentonville at 479-364-0340. We are available to answer your questions concerning vaccines.