Just like the annual exam, vaccinations (also called immunizations) play an important role in helping your pet live a long, healthy life. Vaccines give your pet the best defense against the spread of preventable diseases by specifically boosting their immune system against diseases. Puppies and kittens always need to complete their vaccine booster series, given each month. During annual exams, our doctors will review your pet’s health, lifestyle (indoor or outdoor), socialization (obedience training and doggie daycare), age, genetic predispositions, and other environmental factors to determine the best vaccine schedule for your pet. For adult pets, some vaccines now provide protection for up to 3 years. Your doctor will discuss with you the best individual vaccination schedule for your pet.