Vaccines are one of the essential veterinary services that all pet owners need to consider for their furry companions. It is not uncommon to have questions about vaccines or the ones that your pet should have. At Marietta Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Dr. Sanders and our team have gathered some of the questions that we run into regarding vaccinations.
Why Does My Pet Need to be Vaccinated?
Vaccines are an excellent source of protection against dangerous illnesses. Some of these include rabies, distemper, or parvovirus. Vaccines help your pet fight off these diseases with a better equipped immune system. Without vaccines, pets may become extremely ill or even die.
What Is The Difference Between Core and Non-Core Vaccines?
Veterinary professionals agree core vaccines are essential to your pet's overall well-being. For dogs, the list of recommended core vaccines is listed below:
- parvovirus and parainfluenza
For cats, the recommended core vaccines are:
- feline distemper
- feline calicivirus
- feline herpesvirus
Non-core vaccines are ones given that can vary depending on your pet's lifestyle or pre-existing conditions. A few examples of when non-core vaccines are needed include if you board your pet or live in an area where a particular disease is more prevalent.
What Should I Know About Puppy and Kitten Vaccines?
The youngest pets will need to start a vaccination schedule early because their immune system isn't fully developed. For example, cats and dogs can begin around eight weeks of age. They will then continue every 3-4 weeks until they reach around 20 weeks (about 5 months). After the initial series, our veterinarian will provide further information on what is needed for your pet.
How Often Should My Pet Be Vaccinated?
No two pets are alike, and their vaccination needs can differ, but we are here to help make it easy for you. Our team provides a customized vaccination schedule for your pet. Furthermore, we will regularly update the pet owner to ensure the cat or dog is living a happy and healthy life.
Are Vaccinations Safe for My Pet?
Our animal clinic has the experience you should expect to deliver optimal care for your pets. Vaccines are a safe preventative measure and pets rarely have an adverse reaction. Typically, some tenderness around the injection site occurs, but that is normal.
Contact Our Animal Clinic In Jacksonville, FL
Our team at Marietta Animal Hospital would love to provide all of the healthcare services your pet needs, including vaccinations. If you have a new pet in the household or need to make an appointment for something else, give us a call. We provide a wide range of veterinary services in the Jacksonville area. Call our team today at (904) 783-2574 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanders.