There are many different things to think about when you first become responsible for a new pet. Something that often doesn’t come up until you take your furbaby for her first appointment with your veterinarian is preventative care, and in particular, pet vaccinations.
Just like their human owners, pets can be affected by contagious, infectious diseases that, without proper control, would spread like wildfire amongst the domestic animal population. Fortunately, since vaccinations were found to be a valuable tool for preventative care for pets, the number of our animals suffering from such diseases is minimal. Vaccinations have undoubtedly saved countless pet lives over the years. However, if you haven’t owned a pet before, you may not fully understand the importance of pet vaccinations until your vet explains them to you.
We are delighted to be able to offer animals in our care a comprehensive vaccination program of core and non-core vaccines, administered here at our veterinary hospital in Duffield, VA.
Probably one of the most common questions that we get asked, we can confirm that the only difference between pet and human vaccinations is the diseases that we are vaccinating your pet against. The process, the need for a schedule and how the vaccinations work is exactly the same.
Many people take the protection of vaccinations for granted without fully understanding how they work. Well, it is very simple. A vaccination is a process during which your pet is injected with a solution called a vaccine. This vaccine contains key elements of the disease which it is to prevent, but the vaccine has been made ‘safe’, so that it doesn’t cause your pet any harm. However, there is still enough of the trigger elements to prepare your pet’s immune system to fight the disease, and in return, her body will make antibodies capable of destroying it. Better still, her body will both recognize these core elements of the disease and know how to fight it should she come into contact with the real thing at some point. This can prevent her from suffering from any symptoms, or in some cases, cause her to experience a much milder version of the disease.
Like all vaccines, pet vaccines are only effective for a pre-determined period of time before further doses are required to ensure she remains fully protected. For this reason, your pet will be placed on a vaccination schedule that meets the recommended guidelines for each type of vaccination she receives.
Exactly which vaccinations your pet will need will depend on her species and her individual circumstances. Vaccines are divided into two groups. These are known as ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ vaccines. Core vaccines are those which are recommended for all pets of the species irrespective of their age, location and health. Rabies is a core vaccine that is required by law in virtually all states. Non-core vaccines are given at the recommendation of your veterinarian who will determine if your pet needs them based on her individual circumstances. For example, if we think that your furbaby is at high risk of being bitten by a tick, or if she will be spending time in kennels, we may recommend tick and kennel cough vaccines.
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Your vet will be happy to talk you through what non-core vaccines are available for your pet and advise you whether or not they are recommended. We will also speak to you about the importance of adhering to the vaccination schedule recommended to you for your furbaby.
If you have further questions about the importance of pet vaccinations, or if you would like to make an appointment to set up a pet vaccination schedule for your furbaby, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at our veterinary hospital in Duffield, VA by calling (276) 431-4838 today.