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FAQs When it Comes to Vaccinating

Our beloved pets in our home are very close and important to most of us. In order to ensure long and healthy lives for our furry friends, it is important to take them to the vet regularly to get their health needs seen to, and to keep them up-to-date on their vaccinations. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to vaccines to give you all of the information you need to know to keep man’s best friend happy and healthy:

Q. When is it time to start vaccinating my pet?

A. When pets are born, if they are nursing from a healthy and vaccinated mother, the mother’s milk will protect them from disease. However, this protection does not last forever, and at a few weeks of age, it is time to start getting animals vaccinated. Puppies should get their vaccinations at 8 and 10 weeks with their initial course of injections; kittens should get theirs at 9 and 12 weeks. They should also receive a booster one year later to keep their immunity strong.

Q. What vaccines should my pet receive?

A. Your veterinarian will design a vaccination program for your pet by considering the lifestyle of your pet, the diseases they are at risk for in your area, and the characteristics of the vaccines that are available to your pet. Depending on the unique needs of your pet, core vaccines are the most common choice of vets, which include immunizations against rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline panleikopenia, feline calicivirus infection, canine parvovirus infection, canine distemper, and canine hepatitis. These are the most recommended vaccines, and depending on your vet, they may also recommend additional vaccines depending on what your animal is at risk for.

Q. How often should I get my pet revaccinated?

A. For many, the rule of thumb is once a year. However, it has been discovered that some vaccines provide immunity for less than one year, and some provide immunity for far beyond one year. Speak with your vet about your concerns and they may help you to develop a customized vaccination plan for your pet to provide them with the best protection possible. There are several programs for vaccination that are effective solutions to protect your pet from exposure to disease.

Q. What should I expect after getting my pet vaccinated?

A. It is normal for pets to experience some mild side effects after being vaccinated for a short period of time. Let your vet know if your pet has had an adverse reaction to vaccinations in the past, and ask them what you should expect once you take your pet home after receiving their vaccinations. If you find that your pet is experiencing persistent diarrhoea or vomiting, itching skin and bumps, swelling face, neck, eyes or muzzle, or severe coughing, then you should seek medical attention immediately.

If you need to get your pet vaccinated, feel free to contact us to find out more specification information and book an appointment!

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