Vaccinations protect your animals from disease. At your vet exam, your vet might give the first of a series of shots. Dogs for instance need parvovirus, canine distemper & hepatitis among others. Like people pets need vaccines. Visit our Animal Vaccination Clinic. Vaccines protect against contagious, potentially fatal diseases. Pets need vaccinations. Vaccines trigger immune responses that prepare pets to fight future infections. There are always two categories of vaccines which are core-pet vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core pet vaccinations are recommended for every pet, while non-core vaccines may be advised based on your pet’s lifestyle. For example, non-core vaccinations may be suggested if your cat or dog is outdoors only or boards often. A vaccine can be administered to pets as young as 6 weeks old. We vaccinate against viral and bacterial diseases that include distemper, rabies, hepatitis, parainfluenza in dogs, and flu in cats. It is important to note that although breakdowns in protection do occur, most successfully vaccinated pets never show signs of disease, making vaccination an important part of your pet’s preventive health care.
Puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations reason being they are highly susceptible to infectious diseases. To keep gaps in protection as narrow as possible and to provide optimal protection against disease for the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled which are usually three to four weeks apart. Many factors are considered when establishing a pet’s vaccination plan. We can tailor a program of vaccinations to help your pet maintain a lifetime of infectious disease protection.
There may be risks that may be associated with vaccinations. Immunizations should mildly stimulate the animal’s immune system to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This stimulation can create mild symptoms ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. There are other, less common side effects like injection site tumors and immune disease associated with vaccination. That said, it is important to realize that vaccines have saved countless lives, and play a vital role in the battle against infectious diseases.