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Vaccines for Cats: The Ins and Outs of Vaccinating Your Pet

A Note From Dr. JR:

Since their discovery, vaccinations have done wonders to lessen the frequency and severity of many diseases.  Some diseases (like Small Pox) have even been eradicated through stringent vaccination protocols. Vaccinations work by gradually stimulating the body's immune system with repeated, controlled doses of particles that resemble natural exposure to a specific disease.  The immune system develops memory to the disease, allowing it to prepare for the real-deal disease if exposure should occur down the road.

What Vaccines Should My Cat Receive?
Vaccines are classified as "core" and "non-core."  Core vaccines are those that are recommended for all cats, regardless of your geographic location, your cat's lifestyle, etc.  Non-core vaccines are optional vaccines based on the exposure risk for your specific pet.

Core Vaccines
In their most recent publication for vaccine recommendations, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) desi…

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