Pet Vaccinations: Luxury or Need?
Vaccinations play a key role in keeping your dog or cat healthy over the years. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital, we offer both core and noncore vaccines to help your pet get the protection it needs from infancy through his senior years. We customize a vaccination program for your kit or pup to suit his specific needs. By learning more about vaccines and what they have to offer, you can have greater confidence that vaccinating your pet is the right thing to do.
Vaccines are designed to protect your pet against life threatening diseases. They contain harmless antigens similar to organisms that cause real damage. These antigens stimulate your pet’s immune system, and in the event your pet is exposed to the actual disease, his immune system will automatically produce antibodies to fight against it. Your pet doesn’t have to be vaccinated against every disease. Your Homer Glen veterinary specialist can help you determine what vaccines would be best for your dog or cat. Most veterinarians agree that core vaccines are essential to a dog or cat’s health.
Types of Vaccines
Core vaccines are those considered vital to your pet’s health due to the threat they pose to your pet’s life. These vaccines differ for cats and dogs.
For your canine, core vaccinations include: rabies, canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, and distemper.
For your feline, core vaccinations include: rabies, feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus type I, and distemper.
Noncore vaccinations are administered according to your pet’s risk of getting the disease. If you live in an area where the risk of certain diseases is high, you’d do well to vaccinate your pet against those particular diseases.
Some common noncore vaccines for dogs are Bordella brochiseptica (kennel cough), Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), and Leptospira bacteria.
Noncore vaccines for cats include feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis, and feline immunodeficiency virus.
We can help you determine what vaccines would be best for your pet, considering his age, health and lifestyle. We’ll also create a vaccination schedule that offers the best protection for your dog or cat, in accordance with state vaccination laws. Most all states require rabies vaccines for pets. In some areas, however, rabies vaccines are required annually. In others, vaccines can be given every 1-3 years.
Post Vaccination Side Effects
Although the chances of side effects are small, your pet could experience mild symptoms, such as slight fever, swelling, or soreness from his vaccination. This should diminish within a day. If symptoms persist or become severe, contact your Homer Glen veterinary specialist right away.
See Your Homer Glen Vet for Pet Vaccinations
To schedule vaccinations at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, contact us at (708) 301-8200 today.