Cat & Dog Vaccinations: Protecting Your Companion

For clarity on pet vaccinations and their importance in pets’ overall health, owners in Edgewater and Rodgers Park can come to us for answers. Over-vaccination is a serious concern, but so are the infectious diseases they help protect your pet against. At Broadway Animal Hospital, we never vaccinate your pet unless we need to and therefore, tailor cat & dog vaccinations to each pet individually. Keep in mind that some vaccines are required by law, while others are highly recommended, and others still only apply to certain pets. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, because we’re about to break it down.

Core and Non-Core Vaccines and What That Means

Core vaccines are those which benefit each and every pet, regardless of lifestyle. Some such as Rabies, are required by law, due to the dangers of the disease that is both fatal and easily transmissible between animals and humans. Others are highly recommended, not only for your own pet’s health but that of the area’s pet community.

Non-Core cat & dog vaccinations are administered depending on lifestyle. For a pet who is outdoors frequently, maybe hiking or traveling with you, certain vaccines can protect them from diseases they can pick up from natural sources and insects.

  • Dogs
    • DAPP (distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
    • Rabies
  • Cats
    • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
    • Rabies
  • Dogs
    • Leptospirosis (included in DAPP) – bacterial infection that is highly recommended in the city.
    • Lyme – tick-borne illness recommended for dogs who spend time outdoors, particularly in wooded areas.
    • Bordetella (kennel cough) – respiratory infection recommended for dogs who are often boarded, frequent dog parks, or take obedience training classes.
    • Canine Influenza – recommended for social dogs who are in close proximity to others, especially during any outbreak.
  • Cats
    • FeLV (feline leukemia virus) – recommended for cats who spend time outdoors and may therefore be in contact with infected stray cats.

Oral Bordetella vs. Injected Bordetella

Bordetella protects your dog against canine infectious respiratory disease and is usually administered every 6 months. Typically, it is given by injection, and while it produces a highly effective immune response, it also has unpleasant side-effects such as muscle soreness at the site of injection. With recent advances in veterinary medicine, we are pleased to offer our patients another option: an oral Bordetella. It works more effectively and is easier and less traumatizing to administer, so we feel it is a safer, better alternative for your dog.

Schedule your pet's appointment today to receive updated cat & dog vaccinations or discuss lifestyle needs and your options.

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Mei C.

The vet and the staff are nice, attentive and very knowledgeable. We are so happy on how much attention they give such as doing follow up calls to check on my dog after getting his immunizations and how understanding they were because my dog felt very anxious. Definitely recommend this place and we’re so happy to find a vet near us that’s way better than the one that we used to go to.

Jenni L.

I trust the care of my beloved 11-year-old pug to Dr. Perry. He is very knowledgeable and gentle. He is not only a doctor, but also a friend who listens. The front staff are always polite and considerate. I love this place! So glad I found it since I am new to Chicago

Galen G.

I've been taking my cat to Broadway Animal Hospital the past few years until recently when she passed away suddenly from a rapidly declining lung condition. 

When Dr. Kas was informed of my cat's passing he called me personally to say he was sorry and really comforted me in my time of mourning... I really appreciate that quality of service. I have had nothing but great experiences when I took my kitty in for checkups. When I'm ready to adopt another furry life companion, I'll gladly take them there

George E.

Fantastic doctors and staff! Dr. Kaz and his entire staff were just wonderful with our little girl chihuahua mix. Would highly recommend to all!

Kit S.

Dr. Kas and his staff are wonderful.  I've been going to BAH for almost 35 years and would never consider going elsewhere.  When I visit, I know my companions have had the very best care (and the most up to date care) available.  Thank goodness they are here for us!

Carl N.

Yesterday was Jackson's first visit. We found the clinic and its staff A1 -- we received a follow up call today to check how Jackson was doing post shots. He is well; chewing his favorite toy and all is well. We highly recommend this very impressive pet care center: 5 star service 5 star staff.

Connor R.

Great people with neighborhood feel. Always call to check up after appointments and have worked my dog in on very short notice on multiple occasions.

Jeff B.

What an exceptionally friendly and well-run office! Everyone on staff was extremely helpful and outwardly happy to help. They treated my cat like she was their own and talked me through everything they were doing. If she needs anything else going forward, this is who I'll be taking her to.

Hector N.

I’ve visited 6 animal hospitals as I have moved several times around Chicago. This is hands down the best experience I’ve ever had with a vet in terms of care, pricing and friendliness. Now that my dog is 8 years old, I feel happy to say that we’ve found a team of vets that we trust.

Carol-Ann B.

The staff was wonderful! The vet was excellent! We were in and out very quickly but all my questions were answered ! Highly recommend!

Leila S.

I have been taking my cat there for about 8 years. They have been very helpful and even saved me money from unnecessary procedures when my cat was sick. They truly care for the well being of the animals. Prices are reasonable also. Friendly and knowledgeable stuff.

Sebastian K.

I brought my old dog, a thirteen-year-old Siberian husky, here when his body began to fail in his old age. Dr. Perry was so tender and caring with him, and they ensured me that nothing was seriously wrong with him other than the effects of age. He passed nearly a year later, and he did so quietly and peacefully, not racking up any vet bills to try and "bring him back." So glad to have BAH in my neighborhood! Thanks, guys!