Blum’s Services: Pet Vaccinations

At Blum Animal Hospital, we work hard to keep our Chicago patients happy and healthy for as many years as possible. Bringing your pet in for their annual or biannual wellness visit is a necessary part of their care, because it gives us time to take important preventative measures for their health. Pet vaccinations, which protect against highly contagious, potentially lethal diseases, are one of these preventative measures. We offer both core and non-core vaccines to accommodate our patients’ diverse needs, and will advise you on how frequently your pet will need to be revaccinated.

Our Core and Non-Core Vaccines

Pet vaccinations afford protection against a large number of viral and bacterial diseases. Rabies, a virus that is almost always fatal, can be passed on to humans; due to the level of danger it poses, the rabies vaccine is considered a ‘core’ vaccine, and required by law. Our core and non-core vaccines are listed below.

Core vaccines for dogs:

  • Canine rabies – can be administered yearly or every three years.
  • Distemper – protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.

Core vaccines for cats:

  • Feline rabies – can be administered yearly or every three years.
  • Feline distemper – protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia

Non-core vaccines:

  • Leptospirosis – given based on risk of exposure.
  • Bordetella – required for dogs that board, visit the dog park, visit the groomer, or go to daycare.
  • Canine influenza – required for dogs that board, visit the dog park, go to daycare, or visit the groomer.
  • Feline leukemia – recommended for kittens, and outdoor cats.

We’ll Help You Choose the Right Vaccinations

Several different factors can help us decide which vaccinations your pet will need throughout their life. This is why annual visits are so important—we can learn more about your pet’s lifestyle and daily habits, and fine-tune their vaccination protocol to suit.

If you recently adopted a new puppy or kitten, schedule their first exam with us right away—they are especially vulnerable to diseases and parasites, and lack sufficient antibodies to fight off infection. They should receive their first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks old.

Please contact us at (773) 327-4446 for more information, or to schedule your pet’s wellness exam and vaccinations. Our knowledgeable veterinarians will be happy to help you choose the best vaccines for your pet.


If you’re in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, or another surrounding Chicago neighborhood, we’re here to chat with you about how vaccinations can help your pet.

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