Why Vaccinate Pets?
Vaccinations are a vital part of regular pet preventive care. It helps to reduce the spread of disease, limit complications associated with common health issues, and can even be life-saving. Our veterinary staff is well-versed in a variety of vaccines and treatments, and we'll recommend the best option based on individual circumstances. Vaccine reactions are rare but possible side effects. Our team stresses the importance of a vaccination schedule that fits each pet's needs in order to prevent over-vaccination. Whether you just got your first puppy or kitten, or even adopted an older pet our team will know what to do.
What Vaccinations Do Pets Need?
Your pet's needs are ultimately determined by species, lifestyle, and common risk factors. There are a few core vaccines, however, that extend to all dogs and cats. We recommend the following vaccinations to prevent common health issues:
Core vaccines you should give your dog include:
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
As we take an individualized approach, your veterinarian might recommend additional vaccines depending on your dog's situation. For example, we might suggest canine influenza, Leptospirosis, or Lyme's disease vaccine depending on their exposure to ticks, parasites, or other animals.
Important vaccines to give your cat:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
We might recommend other vaccines based on specific situations. For example, outdoor cats that may come in contact with other cats may need vaccination against Feline Leukemia. We'll discuss your cat's treatment with you so you understand how vaccines can help.
When Should You Vaccinate Pets?
Pet care begins at an early age and vaccinations should occur within a few weeks of birth, typically at 6 weeks of age. This is when natural inherited immunity passed down from their mom begins to wear off and their own immune system begins to fully develop. Some vaccinations happen every few months, such as Bordetella, while others, like the rabies vaccine, occur every 1-3 years depending on what the city/county requires.
Contact Shelley Drive Animal Clinic to Learn More!
Call us at (903) 561-7373 to learn more about pet vaccinations or set up an appointment. We can't wait to meet you and your pet!