Pet Vaccination FAQ's with Hamptons Animal Hospital in Edmonton
Your pet is a member of your family so it makes sense to give him or her the best possible care. Taking your pet to the veterinary office for regular wellness exams is pivotal. Part of these exams is to make sure your pet is properly vaccinated against dangerous, yet preventable diseases. There are many different vaccines that are specific to cats and dogs and are given at different ages. Let's take a closer look at some frequently asked questions regarding vaccinations.
What are vaccines for?
Vaccines are used to help protect your cat or dog against diseases that could be harmful or even deadly. Each vaccine contains molecules with antigens. These antigens enter your pet's body and make the body think that the disease is actually present. The body reacts by producing just enough antibodies to fight the disease and "remember" what to do should the disease ever become present in your pet's system again.
What are core vaccines for cats and dogs?
Core vaccines are necessary for cats and dogs to protect against the most common diseases. For dogs this includes rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and canine hepatitis. Core vaccines for cats include rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, rabies, and distemper.
When should you vaccinate your pet?
Your pet should begin vaccinations at a young age. Both puppies and kittens have a vaccination schedule to allow the young pet to receive his or her vaccines in safe stages. Following the initial vaccinations, pets should have their vaccines updated either yearly or every three years depending on the vaccine. Regular wellness checks with the veterinarian will ensure your pet stays up to date on vaccines.
What vaccines are offered at Hamptons Animal Hospital?
At Hamptons Animal Hospital we are happy to administer all of the core vaccines necessary to keep your pet happy and healthy. Additionally we offer some non-core vaccines. These include leptospirosis, kennel cough, and Bordetella bronchiseptica for dogs. Cat non-core vaccines include Bordetella, feline leukemia virus, and chlamydophila felis. Often, if you have to board your cat or dog these vaccinations may be required.
How can a veterinarian help with choosing the right vaccines?
Working together with your veterinarian you should be able to select what vaccines are right for your cat or dog. Depending on your pet's current health, age, and needs your veterinarian may recommend some vaccines over another. At a minimum, core vaccinations should be administered pending your pet is in good health.
Make an Appointment at Hamptons Animal Hospital in Alberta, Canada Today
Making sure your cat or dog is vaccinated is key to good health and a long life. If you are looking for a veterinarian in Edmonton, Hamptons Animal Hospital may be the perfect choice for you. Call us today at 780-489-3203 to schedule your appointment. Our caring staff is eager to accept new patients.