Did you know that vaccinations are also available to help keep your pets safe from deadly diseases? Much like human vaccines, these vaccinations are available in a mostly painless dose that can be injected into your pet's skin. These vaccinations can help protect your pets against harmful diseases that can prove to be fatal. However, if you have a stray or have never owned a pet, you might not understand just how important these vaccinations are, or even when they are necessary.
At Summit Veterinary Hospital, we can help answer any questions you have about vaccinations. We'll be here to provide vaccinations to our pet parents in Los Gatos, CA. To find out more about why vaccinations are so important, and to see how we can help protect your pet, read on below for more information.
What Are Pet Vaccinations?
Vaccinations delivered directly into your pet's skin through a needle, just like human vaccines. These vaccines have dead versions of diseases, or they have inactive versions of these diseases. This ensures that your pet does not truly get infected by a disease, but still has enough information to produce antibodies and be protected against the disease.
There are many diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations, which include:
This may be also known as the core set for dogs and cats, as they are core vaccines. This means that all pets should have them regardless of their lifestyle. That's in part because these diseases are dangerous, and can even be fatal if your pet becomes infected.
How Often Does My Pet Need Vaccines?
Your pet may get vaccinations starting as early as 6 weeks. They may also need these vaccine series, meaning they will need to take it again, at 12 and 18 weeks. A vet on our team can determine what the specific timeline will be for these individual vaccines and for your pet.
You may also need to get your vaccinations every one to three years, depending on their age, lifestyle, and other factors. A vet on our team can not only determine when these vaccinations are needed, but they he can also help keep your pet healthy through regular physical exams in addition to administering vaccines.
Lastly, a vet on our team can examine your pet immediately after administering a vaccine, so they can determine if your pet has had a negative reaction to the vaccine. Monitoring for symptoms and providing treatment is key in case of any complications. Fortunately, this is relatively rare.
Visit Our Animal Hospital for Pet Vaccinations
At Summit Veterinary Hospital serving Los Gatos, CA, we're here to help provide you with the best pet care possible. Call us at (408) 353-1113 to see how we can help your pet stay healthy at our animal hospital.