Pet Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations in Watertown, CT

At Watertown Animal Hospital, your pet's health is our priority. We provide emergency and preventive animal care, including core and non-core vaccines. Your dog or cat needs to keep up with their vaccination schedule to prevent illness and ensure a long, healthy life. Keep reading to learn more about core versus non-core vaccinations available at our vet clinic.


Core Vaccinations

If you aren't sure what shots your pet has had in the past, it's a good idea to make an appointment to get their shots up to date. The diseases prevented by core vaccinations can threaten your pet’s life and may even pose a risk to human health. Core vaccines available at our veterinary hospital include:

  • Rabies for cats and dogs: this fatal disease can impact most mammals. To prevent an animal emergency and human infection, make sure you keep your pet's rabies shots up to date.
  • Core vaccines for dogs given by our vet include:
    • Canine distemper: this viral disease is highly contagious and life-threatening. It impacts your dog's respiratory and nervous systems
    • Leptospirosis: contracted through contact with infected urine, this bacterial disease causes kidney and liver damage and can be transmitted to humans
    • Canine parvovirus: also highly contagious, parvovirus impacts the gastrointestinal system
    • Adenovirus (hepatitis): This disease affects the kidneys, liver, and multiple organ systems and puts your dog's life at risk
  • Core vaccines for cats given by our veterinarian include:
    • Herpesvirus and calicivirus: This is a respiratory virus vaccine to prevent highly contagious diseases spread through direct and air-borne contact
    • Panleukopenia (feline distemper): this viral disease causes gastrointestinal disorders that may be fatal

Whether your pet is a baby or mature in years, core vaccines protect them from diseases that may lead to death.

Non-Core Vaccinations?

Non-core vaccines are recommended to prevent an animal emergency based on threats in your area and your pet's lifestyle. Non-core vaccines include:

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica for felines and canines: This is the tracheobronchitis vaccine that prevents symptoms such as inflammation of the bronchi and trachea
  • Non-core vaccines for dogs:
    • Canine parainfluenza virus: a respiratory virus
    • Canine influenza virus (CIV): prevents kennel cough
    • Leptospira: This disease affects your pet and people too. Left untreated, it may lead to liver failure, respiratory distress, and death
  • Non-core vaccines for cats:
    • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV): This is the most common cat cancer. It causes blood disorders and weakens the immune system
    • Feline immunodeficiency virus: this complicated retrovirus leads to an immunodeficiency disease
    • Virulent feline calicivirus (FCV): this virus takes on various forms and symptoms that are a risk to your cat
    • Chlamydia felis: causes eye infections such as conjunctivitis

Contact Our Animal Emergency Clinic in Watertown

When you need a local vet for pet health care, come to the Watertown Animal Hospital, or call us at 860-274-2212 to schedule vaccinations for your cat or dog.


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