and therefore vaccines should be tailored to each individual pet’s lifestyle and needs.
Core vaccines are recommended for all dogs and cats regardless of their activity or living conditions. Canine core vaccines are Rabies and Da2pp vaccines. And Feline core vaccines are FVRCP and Rabies.
Noncore vaccines also are administered based on risk determined by geographic location and activities.
For dogs, leptospirosis, Borrelia (Lyme), Bordetella, canine parainfluenza, and canine influenza are risk-based vaccines.
For cats, feline leukemia virus(FeLV), Chlamydophila (chlamydia), and Bordetella vaccines are administered to cats with greater risk of exposure.
After the patient has completed their initial series of the core vaccines and a booster one year later, annual titers can be determined thereafter to assess the need for continued boosters.
“Appropriate decisions concerning individual vaccine selection and vaccination program choices are best made under veterinarian-client-patient relationships” (AVMA 2019). It is important to consider a patient’s lifestyle and health when determining which vaccines are essential. Using lifestyle calculators and working together with pet parents can help tailor individual vaccine programs for patients.
for core diseases can help determine if a patient actually needs a vaccine, or help detect the ones who need a booster. Working with the owner when it comes to vaccinations is not only beneficial for the patient, but the practice as well.