The difference between core and noncore vaccines for pets is that core vaccines should be given to all cats or dogs and noncore is only for certain cats. Most times, experts agree on which vaccines are core and which are noncore. Core vaccines for cats include panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, and rabies vaccines. There is a low to moderate risk of adverse effects of these vaccines, which is usually just a possibility of sneezing in cats given modified live vaccines. Noncore vaccines include chlamydophila, feline infectious peritonitis, and bordatella. These are noncore vaccines because they are not recommended for all cats. For example, you don’t want to have your cat vaccinated for chlamydophila if they are at minimal or no risk. Feline leukemia is another vaccine that is only recommended for all cats that live outside full or part time, or any cat that is living inside but is exposed to outdoor cats. It is suggested for all kittens, but it is not a good idea to give a cat after four months of age. A blood test is taken prior to vaccination.

If any of these core vaccines hasn’t been given to your cat, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet about getting them. It is never a good idea to delay or avoid getting vaccines because science and medicine have proved which vaccines are best for our cats in order to give them happy and healthy lives.

If your pet is in need of care, Dunloggin Veterinary Hospital is more than happy to help. You can call our office at 410-465-6218.



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