One of the most important parts of being a pet parent is keeping up with the preventative care your pet needs. A big part of that is getting your pet the right vaccines. Whether you have a cat or dog (or both!), we've compiled a list of all the vaccines they may need from the American Humane Society. Many of these vaccines will need booster shots over the course of your pet's life. And don't forget - Wagmo will cover up to 4 vaccines a year depending on what Wellness plan you have!
Must-Get Vaccines for Dogs
Rabies - Rabies can be a deadly illness that dogs are legally required to be vaccinated against in most states.
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus - This vaccine covers your pup from four different very dangerous diseases.
Additional Vaccines for Dogs
Bordetella - This is more commonly referred to as "kennel cough" and can cause a very contagious upper respiratory infection. Although not all dogs need this, if your pup is around other dogs often (at the dog park, day care, grooming, etc.) this could be a useful vaccine to receive.
Leptospirosis - This vaccine will protect against a bacterial infection usually found in standing water. You're more likely to need the Leptospirosis vaccine in states like Colorado.
Lyme Disease - Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by ticks. You're more likely to need a vaccine for Lyme Disease if you live on the east or west coast.
Corona Virus - This vaccine protects against a virus in the intestinal tract. You're more likely to need a Corona Virus vaccine if you live in the southern states.
Canine Influenza - This is another vaccine to protect against a viral upper respiratory infection. It has spread across the USA and can be found most often in shelters or boarding kennels.
Must-Get Vaccines for Cats
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia - This vaccine covers your cat from all three diseases in the name. It's often called "feline distemper".
Rabies - Rabies can be a deadly illness that cats are legally required to be vaccinated against in most states.
Additional Vaccines For Cats
Chlamydia - This vaccine protects against a bacterial infection that can cause severe conjunctivitis. This vaccine can often be included in the Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia vaccine.
Feline Leukemia (Felv) - This is a viral infection that is only spread through close contact. It's only recommended for cats who go outdoors.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) - This is a viral infection that is only spread through close contact. It's only recommended for cats who go outdoors.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) - This is a viral infection that is usually found in feral cats. Most house cats don't have a high risk of contracting this infection.
Bordetella - Cats can also get this very contagious upper respiratory infection that's often referred to as "kennel cough". Although not all cats need this, if your cat goes to boarding or the groomer this would be a useful vaccine to get.
Wagmo Recommends consulting with your veterinarian about exactly what vaccines your pet may need.
Information sourced from:
2. American Animal Hospital Association 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines
3. American Animal Hospital Association 2020 Feline Vaccination Guidelines