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Why You Shouldn't Skip Pet Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations and Preventative Care

Vaccinations can be essential to your pet’s health. Vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, and heartworm prevention are all part of preventative care. Preventative care services help bolster your pet’s health by protecting him from sickness and disease. If you live in Clifton, NJ, or the surrounding communities, you can bring your furry friend to us at Valley Animal Hospital for preventative pet care. 



Vaccinations protect your pet against contagious diseases that can threaten his health. Some of these diseases have no cure and can lead to death. By having your pet vaccinated, you do your part to keep your pet alive and well.

Vaccinations can be divided into two categories: core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are considered critical for pets as they offer protection against diseases that pose the greatest threat to their health. Non-core vaccines are optional and recommended for pets that are at risk of a particular disease due to their lifestyle or where they live.

Core vaccines for dogs can include rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, a Clifton vet on our team may recommend non-core vaccines for protection against diseases like Bordetella (kennel cough). Bordetella can be transmitted by close contact with other dogs, such as in a kennel. Dogs that like to play in the woods are at risk of contracting Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks found in tall grass and wooded areas. The Lyme disease vaccine coupled with flea and tick prevention medication can help protect your pet from this disease.

Core vaccines for cats include feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, feline distemper, feline leukemia virus and rabies. A Clifton veterinarian on our team will update your pet’s vaccinations periodically to keep him protected over the years.

Parasite Prevention

Through preventative care, a veterinary specialist on our team can help protect your furry friend from flea and tick infestations and heartworm disease. Fleas and ticks can carry all kinds of diseases that can cause your pet to become deathly ill. A Clifton veterinarian on our team can prescribe medication and special shampoos to help rid your pet of this problem and protect him from future infestation. We also offer heartworm medication to help protect your pet from these parasitic worms that can damage his heart and lungs.

Benefits of Preventative Pet Care

Preventative veterinary care can be important to your pet’s long-term good health. Preventing health problems and diseases is a lot easier for your pet than having to undergo lengthy treatment. It’s also easier on your budget.

Get Pet Care, Flea and Tick Prevention, and Preventative Care against Rabies, Lyme Disease, and Heartworm

To schedule vaccinations or other preventative pet care services for your canine or feline companion, contact us at Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton, NJ, at (973) 509-5225 . A vet on our team is here to help.


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