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Pet Vaccinations FAQ

Our Las Vegas, NV veterinarian, Dr. Drake, offers core and non-core vaccines for cats and dogs. Here are a few of the common questions we receive about our vaccines.

What is a vaccine?

A vaccine is a medicine that stimulates your pet's immune system into producing antibodies for certain illnesses. Once the antibodies are present, your pet is less likely to contract those illnesses.

Why should I vaccinate my pet?

Certain infections and diseases can be very dangerous and even deadly to your pets. Diseases, like rabies, do not have a cure and always result in death. By vaccinating your pet, you are helping your pet stay healthy throughout his or her life.

Are there any vaccines that my pet absolutely has to have?

Rabies is mandated by law. Wild animals and unvaccinated domestic animals can contract rabies and pass it on to your pet through bites and scratches. Rabies destroys your pet's central nervous system, and there is no cure. The only way to protect your pet is with a rabies vaccination.

What is the difference between core and non-core vaccines?

Core vaccines are vaccines that should be administered to every dog and cat. Core dog vaccines include rabies, parvovirus, distemper and canine hepatitis. Core cat vaccines include rabies, feline distemper, feline herpesvirus and calicivirus.

Non-core vaccines should be given to dogs and cats that are considered high-risk, according to their lifestyles and locations. Non-core dog vaccines include parainfluenza, kennel cough, Lyme disease, leptospirosis and canine influenza. Non-core cat vaccines include FeLV and kennel cough. Our veterinarian can help you decide which vaccines would be most beneficial for your pet.

How do I know if my pet is high-risk?

Our veterinarian can determine if your pet is high-risk for any of the non-core vaccines. In general, if you have an outside pet or a pet that is kenneled often, he or she would be considered high-risk for certain diseases and illnesses, including kennel cough and Lyme disease.

Does my pet need booster shots after the initial vaccinations at your veterinary hospital?

After your pet's initial set of vaccinations, you will need to schedule appointments at our veterinary hospital for periodic booster shots. Most booster shots are given every year or every three years. Our veterinarian in Las Vegas can help you determine your pet's vaccination schedule.

Are there any side-effects associated with vaccinations?

Most pets show no signs of discomfort from receiving vaccines. However, you should monitor your pet for a few days after he or she is vaccinated. We advise pet owners to look for rashes, fevers, sluggishness and swelling around the injection site. If reactions are noticed, call our veterinarian for further instructions.

How do I schedule my pet's vaccinations with one of your veterinarians?

To schedule your pet's vaccinations with our veterinarian, please call our Las Vegas, NV veterinary office at 702-675-8366. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.


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Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!

Bob H.
Las Vegas, NV

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