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Scheduling regular vaccinations for pets is part of being a responsible owner. Here are some frequently asked questions we hear about vaccinations at Blue Valley Animal Hospital.
What are pet vaccines?
Vaccines are injections created from killed or weakened disease organisms that strengthen a pet's immunity against the disease. Pet vaccines specifically target animal diseases.
Why is pet vaccination important?
Pets need vaccinations to protect against contagious and deadly diseases. Vaccines have prevented disease-related death for millions of animals since 1900. Vaccinating your pets also helps prevent a human health risk.
What are core and non-core pet vaccinations?
Core vaccinations are regularly scheduled shots required by law (rabies) or which prevent major pet illnesses. Non-core vaccinations target a pet's specific needs due to lifestyle -- such as frequent boarding -- or geographical location (tick-borne Lyme disease).
What core vaccines do dogs need?
Many highly contagious or fatal dog viruses spread through contact with other dog's body products, such as saliva, fecal matter and urine. Core vaccinations to fight these illnesses include:
Many of these core vaccinations are combined into a single shot, such as DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza).
What core vaccines do cats need?
In addition to rabies shots, core vaccinations for cats include:
FVRCP is a single vaccination treating for all three illnesses.
When should vaccination begin for a puppy or kitten?
Vaccination begins at 8 to 10 weeks old. This is followed by booster shots about every three weeks until the puppy or kitten is about 17 weeks old.
How often does my pet need vaccinations?
Some vaccines provide immunity for less than a year whereas others may last a few years. Please contact us at Blue Valley Animal Hospital for information about vaccine duration.
Is rabies vaccination a legal requirement?
Yes! It is required by law nationwide, because it is so deadly.
What are the side effects after vaccination?
Although vaccines can pose problems, their benefits exceed the risks. Side effects immediately following vaccination may include decreased appetite and activity as well as some soreness at the injection site. In severe allergic reactions, you may notice hives or facial swelling.
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