Vaccinations are vital in keeping your pets healthy and should be administered during annual pet exams or check-ups. At Summit Veterinary Hospital in Los Gatos, CA, our veterinarians can ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and provide any that may be needed in order to protect your cat or dog from harmful diseases. Before you visit us, learn why vaccines are important and which ones may be necessary for your furry friend below:
What are Pet Vaccinations?
Pet vaccinations are designed to help trigger protective immune responses in the body and help prepare the immune system to fight certain infections and diseases should your pet become exposed. In addition, vaccinations help your cat or dog produce antibodies to prevent them from ailments that may occur.
Why are Vaccinations Necessary?
Vaccinations are vital for your pet’s health, as they can protect them from highly contagious and deadly diseases, which can help improve their quality of life. When your pet receives the necessary shots, they’re also decreasing the spread of diseases, keeping your family and other pets safe and healthy, and preventing costly treatments.
Which Core Vaccinations are Needed for Dogs?
Core dog vaccinations are recommended and often required by local law to help protect your pets against infection of deadly diseases. Core vaccinations for dogs include rabies, parvovirus, canine hepatitis, canine parainfluenza, and canine distemper virus. In addition to these, our vets also recommended leptospirosis, giardia, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and Lyme disease vaccinations for your dog.
Which Core Vaccinations are Needed for Cats?
Just as with dogs, cats need core vaccinations to help them stay healthy and safe from the risk of infection. Some core cat and kitten vaccinations include feline panleukopenia virus, rabies, rhinotracheitis, and feline calicivirus. Along with that, some non-core vaccinations include feline immunodeficiency, giardia, feline leukemia virus, Chlamydophila felis, and feline infectious peritonitis. While these may not be required, they can protect your feline from certain diseases they could contract.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
At Summit Veterinary Hospital in Los Gatos, CA, we offer quality care for your pet. Our veterinarians provide wellness exams, dental care, and vaccinations. When you visit us, we can examine your cat or dog, let you know which vaccines they may need, and provide any additional treatment that might be necessary. At our practice, we want you and your furry friend to be comfortable and put your trust in us. Call us at (408) 353-1113 today to learn about our services and to schedule an appointment!