Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's life to keep them healthy and safe. They provide immunity against one or several disease that can lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases altogether. Vaccines are designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents.
5 reasons to vaccinate your pet
- Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses
- Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for disease that can be prevented
- Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people
- Disease prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper can infect unvaccinated pets
- In many area, local and state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets
Vaccinations for Dog
All dogs 16 weeks or older are required by law to have a rabies vaccinations and booster every 3 years. DHPP also known as Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo is a core recommended vaccine that is given yearly.
Bordetella- Our veterinarians recommend any dog that is boarding, grooming, or goes to dog parks to make this vaccine part of their dog's core yearly vaccination plan, as it helps protect against kennel cough.
Leptospirosis- Our veterinarians recommend any dogs that are traveling out of state, or frequently hikes to make this vaccine part of their dog's core yearly vaccination plan. Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria that can be found in soil and standing water. This disease is spread through the urine of an infected animal, and can also be passed through the placenta from the mother to puppy. This disease is a zoonotic disease meaning that infected animals can transmit this to humans.
Rattlesnake- Our veterinarians recommend any dogs that are in higher risk areas of rattlesnakes to make this vaccine part of their dog's core vaccination plan, as this can help minimize the treatment needed from a rattlesnake bite.
Lyme- Our veterinarians recommend any dogs that are in higher risk area of ticks to make this vaccine part of their dog's core vaccination plan. This disease is transmitted by ticks, keeping your pet current on flea/tick prevention and this vaccine will help your pet stay healthy and safe.
Vaccinations for Cats
Rabies and FVRCP also known as Rhintracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia are core vaccines that are recommended for your cat.
The non-core vaccination for felines is FeLV, also know as Feline Leukemia. Our veterinarians recommend any cat that is an indoor/outdoor cat, or any cat living in a household with a diagnosed FeLV cat to make this part of their yearly core vaccination plan. This virus is one of the most common infectious disease in cats, and is spread through saliva, urine, feces, and nasal discharge.
Do Vaccinations Have Side Effects?
Some pets can experience mild side effects after receiving a vaccine, usually starting within hours of the vaccination. If these side effects occur it is important to contact our office.
- Discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site
- Mild fever
- Decreased appetite and activity
- Sneezing, mild coughing, "snotty nose" or other respiratory signs
More serious, but less common side effects such as allergic reactions may occur within minutes to hours after a vaccination. These reactions can be life-threatening and are medical emergencies. Seek veterinary care immediately if any of these signs develop.
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Itchy skin that may have hives
- Swelling of the muzzle and around the face, neck, or eyes
- Severe coughing or difficulty breathing