Pet Vaccinations

Westside Animal Hospital in Cumberland, ME, prioritizes the health and joy of your pets. Pet vaccinations are a fundamental aspect of responsible pet ownership, offering protection against diseases and contributing to the overall well-being of the community. Our dedicated veterinary team is available to guide you through a personalized vaccination plan, ensuring that your furry companions lead a healthy and gratifying life. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s vaccinations and take a proactive stride toward their well-being.
A veterinarian holding dog and cat
A veterinarian holding a cat

Pet Vaccinations

In addition to protecting your pet from a wide array of life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s essential to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.

While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects in the case of vaccinations. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.

Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets.

Core vaccines include:


Rabies (dogs and cats)


DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza (dogs)


FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (cats)


Feline Distemper and Rabies


Canine Distemper and Rabies


Non-core Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccines

Other non-core but highly suggested vaccinations for cats include FIV for feline immunodeficiency virus and FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For dogs, Bordetella and canine influenza shots are recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.

It’s also important to note that pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to disease. Your Westside Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you on which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (207) 829-4090.

When to Contemplate Pet Vaccinations

Puppies and Kittens

Initiating a vaccination schedule early in your pet’s life is critical. Puppies and kittens are especially susceptible to diseases, making timely vaccinations imperative. The veterinarians at Westside Animal Hospital will assist you in creating a suitable vaccination plan tailored to your pet’s age and lifestyle.

Regular Booster Shots

Sustaining your pet’s immunity necessitates regular booster shots. Our veterinary team will furnish you with a vaccination timetable, ensuring your pet remains shielded throughout their life. Consistent vaccinations are essential for maintaining health and well-being.