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Routine Vaccinations Offered by Village West Vet

Village West Vet offers a wider variety of services of services and treatments for dogs and cats including the following:

• Preventative Health Exams
• X-rays
• Laser therapy
• Pet behavior counseling
• Teeth cleanings and oral surgery

Village West Vet also has its laboratory facilities, and its veterinarians will make house calls.

Which vet routine vaccinations in Chicago does Village West Vet offer?
Village West Vet offers several different vet routine vaccinations in Chicago. Vaccines contain antigens that stimulate an animal’s immune system to protect the animal from a given disease. Core vaccines are those that are considered particularly important.

Core vaccines for dogs include the following:

• Rabies
• Parvovirus
• Canine distemper
• Canine hepatitis
• Leptospirosis

Core vaccines for cats are:

• Rabies
• Feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis)
• Feline distemper (panleukopenia)
• Feline calcivirus

Young cats and cats who go outdoors also need the vaccination for feline leukemia.

Are vaccines necessary?
Yes. In fact, Illinois state law requires people to have their dogs vaccinated against rabies when they are at least four months old. Many counties also require rabies vaccines for cats and ferrets. Like dogs, cats should be inoculated when they are at least four months old. Rabies is 100 percent fatal in dogs and cats, and there is no treatment.

The other core vaccines protect pets from similarly serious diseases. Canine distemper, for example, can cause permanent brain damage. Panleukopenia usually affects kittens and is often fatal.

We may also recommend non-core vaccinations depending on your pet’s age, medical history, and lifestyle.

When does a pet need to be vaccinated?
Puppies and kittens typically get their first inoculations when they are around six weeks old. We will work with you to devise an inoculation schedule for your furry friend.

To learn more about how we can help you keep your pet healthy, call Village West Veterinary at (773) 697-7052, or fax us at (773) 687-8363. We look forward to hearing from you. Like us on our facebook page.

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