Vaccinations to Keep Your Pets Healthy

Keeping your pets healthy starts right away, and one of the best ways to protect them from diseases is with vaccinations. Here at Ardmore Animal Hospital, we offer a wide range of vaccines for dogs and cats. In most cases, you will need to bring your puppy or kitten in for an initial set of vaccinations when they first come into your home. The veterinarian will follow up with immunizations in the future if they are necessary to maintain your pet’s defenses against that particular health concern.

Vaccines work by delivering a small dose of deactivated bacteria or virus into your pet’s body. That dose will cause your pet’s immune system to develop antibodies to fight off that specific problem. Then if your pet is exposed to the same health issue in the future, he or she will be ready to fight it off right away so she won’t have signs of the disease or illness.

In addition to protecting your pet’s health, canine and feline vaccinations also prevent you and others in your household from getting diseases. Some diseases, like rabies, are commonly transmitted from pets to people, so equipping your pet’s immune system to deal with it keeps you and your family healthy too.

Veterinarian Provides Recommendations for a Wide Range of Vaccinations

There are many types of vaccinations for pets, but you may not need to give all of them to your dog or cat. When you first bring your pet in, our veterinarian will make recommendations on a vaccine schedule based on your pet’s age, breed, and living situation. For example, pets that do not spend much time outdoors may not need to get certain types of vaccines. In addition, some types of health issues are regional, so your pet may not need those vaccines unless you frequently travel with your pet. Other viruses are most often transmitted in kennels or boarding facilities, so pets that are not in these environments may not need the vaccinations.

Some of the most common vaccines for pets include rabies, distemper intestinal parasites, and heartworms. Other vaccines for dogs include parainfluenza, canine parvovirus, adinovirus, corona virus, leptospirosis, bordetella, giardia, and Lyme disease. Some of the other vaccines we may recommend for cats include feline virus rhinotracheiti, calicivirus, chlamydia, and leukemia.

Your pet will likely not enjoy the experience of getting shots, but there should not have any severe side effects from the vaccines. After the first appointment for vaccinations, our veterinarian will let you know when you need to return to the animal hospital for additional vaccines. These help further prepare your pet’s immune system to fight off the disease, and we highly recommend that you follow your booster schedule to ensure that your pet has the best possible defenses against that disease.