Keeping your pet healthy includes an annual examination by a licensed Veterinarian and vaccinations. These vaccines are important because they stimulate the immune system’s antibodies that fight off protect the body from anything infectious that enters it. Animals can get different vaccinations based on their lifestyle choices and location, which are called core and non-core vaccinations. 

Core vaccinations are typically required by your veterinary because they are vital to the patient, your pet, due to risk for exposure, severity of disease, or spread to humans. Non-Core vaccinations are vaccines needed based on lifestyle choices. For example, if you have a cat that goes outside then it is recommended that we give an annual Leukemia since the patient could have fights with other cats. Not knowing the history of these other felines, the Leukemia helps keep your cat protected against one viral disease.

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The main core vaccinations we recommend here at North Canton Veterinary Clinic are:


DHLPP (Canine Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Lepto)

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Rabies (State Law Required) Recommended for Dogs and Cats


FVRCP (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)


For Dogs, if they are going to be around a large volume of other dogs Other Non-Core Vaccinations can include:


Lyme – Prevents Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is carried by the Deer ticks.

Canine Influenza – Used for Kenneling/daycare purposes. Canine Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs and cats. Transferred by coughing, barking and or sneezing.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough) - Used for Kenneling/daycare/grooming purposes. Kennel Cough or Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial infection in dogs and cats that is spread through the air and or directed contact. It mainly affected the respiratory system so the symptoms you may see after a dog is kenneled is a hacking cough or runny nose.



Leukemia – For cats who go outside.



Ohio Health Dept- Rabies

Avma – Vaccines

Ohio Health Dept- Rabies





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