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Vaccinating your pet is an important step in preserving their health. Even pets that spend most of their time indoors benefit when vaccinations are kept up-to-date. Many diseases that can affect your pets’ health are spread through airborne viruses. This means that your pet is at risk in your yard and even in your house should pathogens float through an open window.

The purpose of vaccinations is to prevent your pet from contracting a potentially serious disease such as rabies, distemper, parvo, hepatitis, and other conditions. A secondary benefit is the protection extended to your other family members, as some illnesses can be spread to humans.

Vaccinations for Pets explained by Dr. Rand Spongberg

Vaccinations for Pets explained by Dr. Rand Spongberg
Some Canine Vaccines are recommended based on certain lifestyles of the pets says Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSC, BVMS of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Costa Mesa, CA. Learn more about vaccinations for canines and the vaccination schedule.

As far as dogs go, we have several different vaccines, Three of them are considered to be core vaccines which we recommend for all of our canine patients and then there are a few others that we do recommend based on certain lifestyles.

Therefore it is really important to see what your dog does as far as activities, boarding, social interactions based on that we can tailor a plan that best suits their lifestyle.

Some vaccines need to be given every 6 months, some vaccines need to be given annually and other vaccines such as rabies are required to be given every 3 years.

All vaccines are important, but the three core vaccines, rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella are the most important.

Rabies is obviously a life-threating disease for both pets and humans and it’s also the only vaccine required by law so its obviously important but those other two vaccines are just as important.


In many cases, vaccinations are timed to coincide with the annual exam. However, there are instances in which the frequency of the immunization schedule may be modified. For example, puppies should receive their first vaccinations at approximately eight weeks of age. The vaccination schedule will continue every few weeks for a few months, bolstering immunity in the growing canine. Kittens also require vaccinations against common feline diseases, beginning at 7 to 9 weeks of age.

After the initial vaccination schedule, it is possible to tailor the schedule to your and your pets’ specific needs. Advances in veterinary medicine have led to the availability of 3-year vaccines for some animals. When you consult with one of our experienced veterinary staff, we can answer your questions about customizing your pet’s vaccine schedule.

Types of vaccines

Vaccines fall into two distinct categories. The first category includes core vaccines. These are essential, as they reduce the risk for diseases that may be highly contagious or fatal to your pet. Some of the core vaccines protect against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and rabies. Additional vaccinations that do not fall into the core category may be recommended based on lifestyle and environmental factors. Examples of non-core vaccinations include leptospirosis, kennel cough, and Lyme disease.

Like dogs, cats also require routine vaccinations. This is especially important for cats who spend time outdoors. Five common feline diseases for which vaccines are given include feline leukemia, feline distemper, calici, herpes, and rabies.

The team at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital is happy to consult with you about the vaccinations your pet needs and when they are needed. Call (949) 430-7576 today to arrange your visit with our friendly staff.

Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS

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A graduate from the University of California, Irvine, and Murdoch University, Dr. Rand Spongberg brings with him a plethora of skills and expertise. He is a very well established veterinarian who has a passion for animal welfare and is a firm believer in taking care of both the pet and its owner.

Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.

In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.