Vaccinating your pets is an essential way to protect them from disease—you might say they’re your pet’s best “shot” at staying healthy! In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.
While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.
Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets.
Core Vaccines include:
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza (DA2PP), Bordetella, Leptospirosis (dogs)
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP), Feline leukemia (FeLV) (cats)
Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccinations for dogs include, canine influenza if your dog frequents dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.
In our area, rattlesnake vaccines are something to consider and can be a life saver if your pet will be in an area where snakes could be present. Most rattlesnake bites happen in backyards, so you’ll want to talk to our vet about your pet’s risk.
Dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors may also be good candidates for the Lyme disease vaccine. Ticks can carry Lyme disease and can be transmitted to humans, so talk to our vet about your pet’s lifestyle and see if they are a good choice for your animal companion.
We also want to stress that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to disease. Your Las Tablas Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (805) 369-2222.