Vet Advice | Which Vaccines Should I Give My Dog or Cat?

Vet Advice | Which Vaccines Should I Give My Dog or Cat?


I’m Dr. Clayton Greenway with healthcareforpets.com. Vaccination is a very contentious issue in the human and veterinary field. It seems that every client I meet has a different opinion on how safe and effective they are, how often they should be given, and whether they should be given at all. So let’s go over a few key concepts about vaccinations. The first thing I want you to know is you should decide what vaccines your pet receives. Your veterinarian should provide you with the information to empower you to make that decision. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all vaccination plan, every pet lives in a different home with different surroundings and travels to different places. When I traveled to Asia for example, I received a vaccine for hepatitis A&B but here in Toronto, Canada I don’t receive that vaccine because my risk of being exposed to those diseases is near zero and you should apply the same type of thinking for your pet. You have to assess the risk of exposure to that disease that your pet may have and if that risk exists you can choose to vaccinate against it. You have to weigh the risk of getting that disease to the risk of potentially a side effect or the negative aspects of vaccination. Let’s take an example the vaccination plan I make up for a Chihuahua that lives in a condominium is going to be very different than the vaccination plan I make up for a Golden Retriever that lives near a ravine and may potentially interact with wildlife. You want to change your plan based on whether you travel to a cottage or you’re going over the border to another country. You’ll also change your plan if you expect to board your pet in a facility where it’s regularly exposed to other dogs compared to if you have someone who stays at home to take care of your pet when you go away. What’s most important is that you talk with your veterinarian about your pets lifestyle, including its expected travel to other locations and contact with other animals such as using a boarding facility, going to obedience classes, shows, and dog parks since these other aspects will impact their risk of being exposed to disease. Keep in mind there may be some legal responsibilities where you live about vaccinations such as keeping your pet up-to-date with a rabies vaccine. In our vaccination program that you’ll find on the website, there’s a list of vaccines that are available for your pet I’ve described each one why you would give it and in plain language tried to help you decide if it’s one vaccine that you should be given to your pet. I don’t like to give a vaccine to myself my children or my pet if I don’t have to but keep in mind that vaccines have saved more lives in human history than any other medical advancement but vaccines should be used judiciously and responsibly based on the risk of your pet encountering one of these diseases. Please keep in mind that these diseases are under control because of the wide use of vaccination. It’s my opinion that these diseases would return if we didn’t use these vaccines. Please remember that vaccinating your pet is not just about protecting them, it’s about protecting the dog or cat that lives next door or down the street, somewhere else in the city or in your country. We need to have a social conscience about vaccinating and you need to be aware that vaccinating your pet, you’re also ensuring the protection of other animals in society. Vaccines are described as core and non-core. The core vaccines are the ones that protect against deadly diseases that we still see commonly and they will be strongly recommended in your area. Non-core vaccines are the ones that you have a choice about maybe more based on lifestyle or what your dog or cat may be exposed to so take a look at our vaccination program and you’ll be able to see these vaccines listed there you’ll be able to go through and decide which ones are right for you and your pet. No one should be telling you what vaccines to give, you should be working with your veterinarian to get information that empowers you to make the decision yourself. Please take a look at our other videos about vaccinations, the different vaccines, titer testing and boostering and risks of giving vaccinations. You can find out more here at healthcareforpets.com

16 Replies to “Vet Advice | Which Vaccines Should I Give My Dog or Cat?”

  1. Good day! I was watching your videos on youtube on how to inject your cat using a syringe. I need it for my cat. Tho, i also want to know if you can help me with the injectable antibiotic dosage that i can give her? She is a rescued 2.4kg female siamese. Its very hard to give her oral medicines since she has trauma on her bad past. Please help! She is having cat flu. Please help. I cant bring her to the vet always since im still a student and tight on budget and still got 8 other rescued cats. I'd really appreciate the help.

  2. My little puppy was over vaccinated they gave her two different shots with one of them having three things in it but the other one was one alone but had two of the same vaccines she was double vaccinated and she was 3 lbs i thought she was gonna die and so i took her somewhere else and showed another vet the paper work and thats how i found out she was double vaccinated the first office wanted to charge me for medicine they had to give her I was so mad i almost sued them for it. Anyways i thought this second office was gonna be better but now everytime i go in the office they try to push every vaccine i tell them no and they all just try to make you feel like they have to have it so someone please tell me how do you know where to find a vet that isnt just about making money!!

  3. What vaccines are obsoletely necessary for an 100% indoor cat? I live in a 3rd story apartment and it's nearly impossible for my cats to get out. It's a new neighborhood. My state mandatorily requires rabies shot, but now I am hearing that rabies shots can cause cancer in the site it is injected on, causing cancerous tumor leading to body part amputation. I need help on this. Thank you.

  4. Avoid Vaccines as best you can…and research hollistic vets. What helps best is a healthy diet full of stuff thats gut building for a protective microbiome in ur pet. None of this GMO grain fed garbage.

  5. The vaccine you need are for disease your pet can pick up from environment rabies, lepto, parvo, distemper for pets that go out side but kept in sight and just go out side for enrichment. Cats that go outside and run in unsupervised will need also fiv and feline leukemia vaccines because they are more likely to tango with other animals directly. That’s my understanding I’m not a pro.

  6. omg now you want to infect your poor defenseless animals with your mind control and poisonous injections? You and your handlers are pathetic genocidal freaks.

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