Vaccinations provide vital protection to pets. Throughout their lives, our pets will likely be exposed to several infectious diseases that can cause severe illness or even death. By providing our pets with the protection vaccinations provide, we can greatly extend their life.

Which vaccines should my pet receive?

Our veterinarian will recommend several core vaccines that all pets should receive in order to maintain their health and prevent serious disease. For cats, core vaccines include rabies, panleukopenia virus, herpesvirus, and calicivirus. Depending on lifestyle, leukemia may also be recommended. For dogs, these vaccines include rabies, parvo, adenovirus, and distemper. Other vaccines that may be recommended are bordatella, lyme, parainfluenza, and one that will help to protect your dog from rattlesnake venom.

Re-vaccination varies with each vaccine; our veterinarian will inform you about when your pet should return for booster vaccinations.

What should I be on the lookout for after my pet has been vaccinated?

Vaccines may cause side effects, but they are mild in most cases. Most reactions are an indication that your pet’s immune system is reacting correctly to the vaccine. Your pet may experience an elevated temperature, have a decreased appetite, or be a bit sluggish for a day or two after the vaccination. In addition, you may note a slight swelling or pain at the vaccination site. These are all normal reactions and do not require medical attention.

Rarely however, more severe reactions may occur that can result in swelling in the face or limbs, generalized itching, difficulty breathing, a temperature of 104.5 or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or collapse. If any of these more serious signs develop or you are concerned about any reaction in your pet, don’t hesitate to contact a veterinary hospital immediately.