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Essential Vaccinations for Your Dog and Cat

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Jackie Middleton of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 3: Vaccinations for dogs and cats are classified into two easy-to-understand categories: core and non-core vaccines.According to Dr. Troye McPherson, a Nova Scotia-based veterinarian and a council member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 'Core vaccines are immunizations that are essential for your pet. Non-core vaccines are for diseases that only occur in certain circumstances, or areas of the country.' It's important to discuss your pet's health situation with your veterinarian before commencing any medical treatment including vaccinations. To start the conversation, here's a simple guide to core and non-core pet immunizations.

Which dog and cat vaccinations are absolutely essential?

Vaccinations for dogs and cats are classified into two easy-to-understand categories: core and non-core vaccines.

According to Dr. Troye McPherson, a Nova Scotia-based veterinarian and a council member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 'Core vaccines are immunizations that are essential for your pet. Non-core vaccines are for diseases that only occur in certain circumstances, or areas of the country.' It's important to discuss your pet's health situation with your veterinarian before commencing any medical treatment including vaccinations. To start the conversation, here's a simple guide to core and non-core pet immunizations.

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