Getting a cat or dog for the first time can be exciting. Pets bring a lot of love and companionship into your life. As a first-time pet parent, you may have many questions about pet vaccinations. Here are a few of the questions that many first-time pet parents have pertaining to pet vaccinations and the answers to these questions. 

If Pets Are Kept Indoors, Do They Need Pet Vaccinations? 

One of the questions that many first-time pet parents have about pet vaccinations is whether pets really need vaccinations if they are kept indoors or are only allowed to go outside to go to the bathroom. There are two different types of vaccinations for both cats and dogs. These are the core versus non-core vaccinations. It is recommended that every pet receive their core vaccinations, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor pets. Non-core vaccinations may be given based on the habits of your pets. 

What Are Core Versus Non-Core Vaccinations? 

Core vaccinations are vaccinations that every pet should receive. For dogs, the core vaccinations are distemper, parvo, canine hepatitis, and rabies. For cats, the core vaccinations are calicivirus, parvo, rhinotracheitis, and rabies. Non-core vaccinations are vaccinations that are given based on where you live and what activities you and your pet engage in. For example, if you board a dog, take your dog to doggy daycare, or take them to doggy parks, you should get your dog a bordetella vaccine to protect against kennel cough. If your cat spends time outdoors, the chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus vaccines are recommended. 

Are There Certain Times When a Pet Should Not Be Vaccinated? 

If your pet is elderly or ill, a vet may decide not to perform certain vaccines. Vaccines can have a negative effect on pets if they have a suppressed immune system or are dealing with an illness. As such, you should always call your vet if your pet is ill before their vaccines to find out if you should still bring them in. If you have concerns about your pet's age or health, and their vaccines, be sure to discuss your concerns with a vet. 

Pets need regular veterinary care and vaccinations, just like humans do. And as is the case with humans, routine vet care and vaccinations can help to keep a pet healthy and help them to live a long and healthy life. You should always discuss pet vaccinations with your pet's vet. A vet can help educate you on when your pet needs core vaccinations and help you decide which non-core vaccinations may be best for your pet. If you have any other questions about pet vaccinations, be sure to ask a veterinarian