Pet Vaccines: Everything You Need to Know

“Wait… when is the last time my pet got vaccinated and what the heck is Leptospirosis?” Don’t worry – you’re not the only pet owner thinking this. And we at Adopt & Shop got your back! Here’s everything you need to know about vaccines and how you can get your pet vaccinated without it costing an arm and a leg.

Why Should I Vaccinate My Pet?

Vaccines can prevent illnesses ranging from mild conditions to fatal ones. Indoor pets require getting their shots, but they’re especially important for animals that spend time outdoors or with other animals. For example, the Bordetella vaccine helps prevent “Kennel Cough,” a cold commonly spread at dog parks, shows and daycares.

Many animal kennels, daycares, dog bars and other locations require pets are up to date on their vaccines for entry. When signing up at these places, it’s likely staff will ask for formal documentation proving your animal is vaccinated. No one wants to be turned away because they forgot to get their Rabies vaccine!

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

There are certain required shots for all cats and dogs – these are called “core” vaccines. Other vaccinations that are considered beneficial, but not crucial, are described as “non-core.” Speak to a vet and they will recommend shots for your pet based on lifestyle. Animals that regularly interact with other pets or drink from lakes and puddles might require more vaccines than a strictly indoor animal.

Click here to see a full list of core and non-core vaccines for cats and dogs and when you need to get them.

Where to Find Low-Cost Vaccines

We know as well as anyone that veterinary care can be quite expensive. Luckily it’s easy to save money on vaccines. Plus, it costs less to vaccinate your pet in advance than to treat an illness later on.

Numerous pet stores and shelters offer affordable vaccines, but we recommend simply coming into Adopt & Shop. We host affordable vaccine clinics for cats and dogs every other Saturday. Not only is the process easy and fast, but you don’t need to book an appointment. Here are the requirements to get your pooch or kitty vaccinated:

  • Pet owners must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All animals have to be on a leash or in a carrier.
  • Pets must be healthy and not pregnant.
  • Try to bring all vaccine records and a spay or neuter certificate.
  • Bring your pet’s renewal notice or prior rabies certificate to get a 3-year rabies vaccine.
  • Please notify the veterinarian if your animal is allergic to any vaccine, could be pregnant or has been ill recently.

We hope you found this article useful. Preventive care is important for pets. It keeps them happy and healthy and can even extend their lifespan. But knowing when and how to get your cat or dog that preventive care doesn’t have to be a headache. Simply come to one of our vaccine clinics and we’ll do the work for you!