The responsibilities of being a pet parent can be a little overwhelming at first and there are lots of different things that you will need to think about. As your pet’s caring and conscientious owner, one of your key obligations and desires is to keep them as healthy as you can. Fortunately, advances in veterinary medicine mean that there are more options than ever when it comes to keeping our animals safe from harm. Our preventative care service is designed specifically with the goal of protecting pets from the many harmful diseases that could threaten their wellbeing. One of the most effective preventative care solutions is the administration of vaccinations.
Vaccinations have saved the lives of countless people and pets. They work by preparing your pet’s immune system for fighting organisms that cause diseases and they do this by triggering the production of antibodies that can eradicate the disease. Whilst the vaccination contains the virus or bacteria that causes the disease, it has been modified so that it doesn’t actually cause your animal any harm. However, if your pet is then exposed to the real disease, their body will recognize and automatically fight against it. This can limit or entirely prevent the symptoms of the disease from manifesting.
Vaccinations are only effective for so long before a further dose needs to be administered. The length of time that your pet will be protected will be explained to you at their vaccination appointment. It is essential that a further dose is given as specified by our veterinary team, as failure to deliver them on time could leave your pet exposed and vulnerable to disease. We create vaccination schedules for each individual pet that regularly visits our practice.
Every animal is a little different and this means that their vaccination requirements can vary too. Fortunately, our veterinary team understands exactly what preventative care your pet will benefit from, including which vaccinations are most appropriate.
Vaccinations are usually split into two categories. These are core vaccines, which are recommended for all animals of that species, and non-core vaccines which are only recommended to animals when we feel there is a specific need for them, and this decision is based on your pet’s individual circumstances.
Core vaccinations for canines include parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies.
Non-core vaccinations that may be recommended for your dog include leptospirosis, Lyme disease, kennel cough (which can be caused by the parainfluenza virus, adenovirus and bordetella bronchiseptica) and canine herpes virus
Core vaccinations for felines include panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, rhinotracheitis and rabies.
Non-core vaccinations that may be recommended for your cat include feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, chlamydophila felis, and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Vaccinations remain one of the most effective and simple ways to protect your pet against the many infectious diseases and illnesses that can threaten their health and wellbeing. To find out more about this preventative pet care service, or to arrange vaccinations for your furry friend, please contact our passionate veterinary team at Home Sweet Home today (972) 694-0920!