Pet Vaccinations at Van Loon Animal Hospital
At Van Loon Animal Hospital, we believe the best veterinary care is preventative care. We'd rather keep your pet healthy than treat her when she's sick. Our recommended annual wellness checkups are designed to help prevent most common health problems, and pet vaccinations are always a part of them. With the right combination of vaccines, together we can reduce or eliminate the chance that your dog or cat will develop a dangerous or deadly disease during her lifetime.
The Reason for Vaccines
Vaccines are combinations of chemicals that, when injected into an animal's body, encourages that animal to develop an immune response against a certain disease. When our veterinarian vaccinates your pet for rabies, for instance, his body builds up a defense against rabies, preventing him from catching the disease even if he comes in contact with it. Your pet can't catch the disease from the vaccine, just the opposite. They're designed to keep your pet healthy.
Different Times for Different Vaccines
As your pet grows from a puppy or kitten into a full grown dog or cat, her vaccine needs will change. When animals are born, they get disease immunity passed to them through their mothers' milk. Once they're weaned, this immunity wears off quickly. Juvenile animals will get their first set of vaccines at about eight to twelve weeks of age. We'll give another set every month for three months, concluding the set by the time your pet is half a year old. By that time, your pet will have built up full immunity against common diseases in your area.
Immunity will begin to wear off as a pet gets older, so adult dogs and cats need to have booster shots every one to three years. Having your adult pet vaccinated during her wellness exams is the ideal way to keep her protected from dangerous disease.
Types of Vaccines
All vaccines come in two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that we give to every animal in our practice, such as those for rabies and distemper. Some core vaccines, such as rabies, are even required by law in almost all states.
Non-core vaccines are those given to pets depending on their lifestyle or environment. If your dog or cat spends time being boarded at a kennel or having fun romping in a dog park, he'll need to be vaccinated against bordetella, or kennel cough. Dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors in wooded areas should be vaccinated against Lyme disease. Our veterinarian will consult with you on which non-core vaccines your pet needs.
Schedule An Appointment With Van Loon Animal Hospital Today!
If you have questions, or if your dog or cat needs pet vaccinations, give us a call at (608) 526-2200 to make an appointment today.