Core vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans.
For Dogs: Vaccines for canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi (the agent of Lyme disease) and Leptospira bacteria.
For Cats: Vaccines for rabies and panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis) are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the cat’s lifestyle; these include vaccines for feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus.