Routine vaccinations are one of the first lines of defense for preventing diseases in your pet. In essence, vaccines are a modern marvel! They have saved millions of human and animal lives and revolutionized medicine since their invention. Some potentially fatal diseases that used to be common have now become rare thanks to vaccines, but it is still important for every able pet to receive the core recommended injections to protect them. The doctors at 5280 Veterinary Care consider them an essential part of veterinary care.
- Dogs: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Rabies.
- Cats: Distemper, Calicivirus, Viral Rhinotracheitis, and Rabies.
Typically, periodic non-core vaccines are recommended during wellness visits based on age, lifestyle, current health status, and risk of exposure.
- Dogs: Bordetella and Canine Influenza.
- Cats: Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Vaccines are effective because they expose your pet’s immune system to antigens which resemble the disease-causing organism, without actually making them sick. Once your pet’s immune system has “met” an antigen like the disease, they will be better prepared to fight against it. A quick prick now can prevent your pet from contracting a potentially serious, or even fatal, disease down the line.
If you are wondering about what vaccinations your pet may or may not need, or if you have any questions about the vaccination process in general, be encouraged to check with one of our veterinary professionals!