Are you keeping up with your pet’s vaccinations? Just as we need immunizations to protect us from the flu and other viruses, our pets need to be vaccinated regularly to stay healthy, too. Rabies, distemper, Lyme disease, and even leukemia can all pose a serious threat to unvaccinated pets, especially if they live in high-risk areas or spend time around other animals. Our dedicated veterinary team in Countryside is happy to educate owners in preventive care and offer recommendations to increase their pet’s’ longevity. Keeping your pet well is our highest priority, and we hold ourselves responsible for helping you make the best decisions for your loved one.
Vaccines We Offer
Both dogs and cats are likely to come into contact with certain pathogens and parasites during their lifetime. Pet vaccinations give them the immunity they need to combat harmful bacteria and prevent disease. Our vaccines include:
- Distemper (DHPP)
- Distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline Bordetella
- Feline leukemia
How Vaccinations Work
Vaccines function in pets the same way they do in humans. Made up of the modified or killed form of a virus, the vaccine, once injected, prompts an immune response in which disease-fighting antibodies are released to fight off the intruder. Should your pet ever encounter the virus in real life, their immune system should be able to recognize and defend against it.
Core and Non-core Vaccines
Pet vaccines generally fall into two categories; core and non-core. Core vaccines include rabies and distemper. These are highly recommended to protect pets from the fatal rabies and distemper viruses. Bordetella, Lyme, Lepto and Influenza are also recommended to greatly reduce their risk of infection when they are around other animals or come into contact with pathogens in their environment.
If you have recently brought home a new puppy or kitten, they should begin receiving their vaccinations between 6-8 weeks of age. The distemper booster series involves 4 boosters given every 3 weeks until your pet is between 12 and 16 weeks old.
During your pet’s first visit to our animal hospital, your veterinarian will help you choose which vaccines they will need, and how often they’ll need them. We understand that as your pet grows, their lifestyle may change. That’s why we work closely with owners to create customized vaccine plans that are flexible and accommodating to their pets’ needs.