Vaccines help prevent many illnesses that affect pets. Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help him live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. Vaccination is a procedure that has risks and benefits that staff can determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual pet.
Vaccines help prepare the body's immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don't actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a pet is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.
Vaccines are very important to managing the health of your pet. That said, not every pet needs to be vaccinated against every disease. It is very important to discuss with your veterinarian a vaccination protocol that’s right for your pet. Factors that should be examined include age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle.
Our Veterinarians recommend yearly examinations to monitor the health of your pet, and establish a base line if your pet was to become ill. Comprehensive blood work panels, also recommended, help us monitor all aspects of your pets’ health.
Annual exams are different than that of a sick exam. An annual exam includes a “Ear to Tail” check over; listening to heart and lungs, musculoskeletal exam, ears, eyes, coat and much more. Exams help our veterinarians determine if you pet needs additional care, such as dental cleanings, additional lab tests or medications that your pet may need to maintain a healthy life.
In addition to annual exam and vaccinations, your veterinarian may want to run lab work. We offer many different types of lab work to help your veterinarian understand your pets’ health. Blood work panels can include, but not limited to, CBC and Profiles (looking at liver and kidney functions), Urinalysis, Heartworm testing and Thyroid testing. Ask your veterinarian what panel they would recommend for your pet.
Though reactions are not common, we still want you to watch your pet for 24 hours post vaccinations for any adverse reactions.
Loss of appetite
Swelling and redness around the injection site
If your pet experiences any of these call us immediately or bring your pet back to the office or Emergency Clinic.
We will make a note of this reaction, so we can manage it in the future. Though very rare, in some cases, vaccinations may be waived due to severity of reaction.