This is a friendly reminder to talk with your Veterinarian to make sure that your furry loved one is up-to-date with its immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. To help improve your pet’s overall quality of life, protect your pet from deadly and highly contagious diseases, keep your pet’s immunizations up-to-date.

Reasons to Immunize

There are numerous reasons to immunize your pet:

  • Disease prevention passed from animal to animal and from animal to human.
  • Prevent illnesses that negatively affect your pets.
  • Assist your pet to live a long and healthy life.
  • Avoid costly treatments, especially with preventable diseases and early detection.
  • Protection with wildlife diseases such as rabies and distemper.
  • Be in compliance with local and state ordinances that require immunization.

Immunization Records

Your local Veterinarian can keep all of your vaccination records in one location, assist with monitoring your pet’s health, and stay current with necessary vaccinations.


Making sure that your pet receives the proper immunizations each year can prevent serious diseases, such as:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Rabies
  • Parvovirus
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calicivirus

Some of these diseases can be transferred from your pet to the humans in your family.

Core and Non-Core Immunizations

There are two categories of immunizations — core and non-core. Talk with your local Veterinarian to discuss both types.

Immunizations to Give Your Pet

It's different for each animal. However, there are "core vaccines" (diseases that are easily transferable to humans or fatal to animals) that every cat or every dog should get.

CORE Diseases


Cats should be given immunizations every three years for the core diseases such as:

  • Distemper
  • Rabies
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calivirus


Dogs should be given immunizations every one to three years for core diseases such as:

  • Distemper
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella (parvovirus)
  • Adenovirus

NON-CORE Diseases

You can also immunize your pet for non-core diseases.


  • Bordetella
  • Chlamydophila
  • Feline infectious peritonitis
  • Feline leukemia


  • Kennel cough
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease

Talk with local Veterinarian about how often your pet should receive the immunizations. Consider your pet’s different factors such as age, breed, health, lifestyle (indoor vs outdoor, foods they eat, etc.), and travel habits. 

Preventive health care is a great course of action for your animals. Catching a disease early is important. Discuss your pet’s nutrition, dental care, flea, tick and heart prevention to get recommendations tailored to your furry loved one’s health and risk factors.

We strongly urge you to get a Pet ID and Microchip to find your pet in case they are ever lost or run away. You will have a better chance of locating them quickly with a microchip.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.