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At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we emphasize the significance of preventive care as the foundation of your pet's health and overall well-being. Vaccinations are pivotal in shielding your furry companion from a spectrum of preventable diseases, ensuring a prolonged and joyful life. 

The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are imperative for safeguarding your pet against potentially life-threatening diseases. By prompting the immune system to recognize and combat specific viruses or bacteria, vaccines provide effective protection and contribute to the prevention of contagious diseases within the pet community.

Core Vaccines


  • Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus (DAP): Guards against highly contagious viral diseases affecting dogs.
  • Rabies: Essential for preventing this deadly viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans.
  • Parainfluenza and Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Recommended, particularly for dogs in social environments or boarding facilities.
  • Lepto: Protects against a bacterial infection caused by Leptospira bacteria, commonly found in water sources contaminated by infected animals' urine.


  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP): Shields against common respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
  • Rabies: Essential for preventing this deadly viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans.

Non-Core Vaccines


  • Leptospirosis: Provides protection against bacterial infections impacting the kidneys and liver.
  • Lyme Disease: Recommended for pets in areas with a higher risk of exposure to ticks carrying the Lyme disease bacteria.
  • Crotalus (Rattlesnake): Provides protection against the venom of rattlesnakes, which can be life-threatening if a dog is bitten. Essential for pets living in or frequently visiting areas where rattlesnakes are prevalent.
  • Canine Influenza: Guards against the highly contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses, which can spread rapidly in environments where dogs congregate, such as boarding facilities, dog parks, and grooming salons.


  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV): Advised for outdoor cats or those in multi-cat households.

Choosing to protect your pet through vaccinations is a responsible and caring decision. Schedule an appointment with Redwood Veterinary Hospital in Visalia, CA, to discuss your pet's vaccination needs and create a customized plan ensuring their ongoing health and happiness.