Pet vaccinations are essential to keeping your pet in good health. If you’re not sure what kind of vaccinations your pet needs, consult with your vet. At Brandywine Veterinary Hospital, we offer vaccination services to pet owners in Chadds Ford and Greenville, PA. These FAQs explain why vaccinations are so important and how they can benefit your pet.
What are pet vaccines?
Vaccines are health products injected into your pet’s body to protect him against disease. Vaccines stimulate your pet’s immune system to resist and develop immunity to diseases that threaten his health. Some vaccines provide complete protection while others strengthen your pet’s immune response against disease to help him fully recover.
Why are vaccinations important to my pets' health?
Even if you’re careful, you can’t always protect your pet against exposure to disease. Without vaccinations, your pet is at greater risk of getting sick. Rabies, for example, is a deadly disease that all pets should be vaccinated against. There’s no cure for rabies, but it can be prevented through vaccinations. Through vaccinations, your pet can avoid contracting serious diseases that can compromise his health. Vaccines also prevent the spread of diseases that can pass from one pet to another or from your pet to members of your family.
What vaccinations should I get for my pet?
Your veterinarian in Chadds Ford and Greenville, PA recommends that all pets receive core vaccines for protection against diseases that pose the greatest risk to their health. For dogs, core vaccines would include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and canine hepatitis. For cats, core vaccines include rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline panleukopenia, and feline calicivirus. Additional non-core vaccines can be given according to your pet’s risk of getting a disease due to lifestyle and location.
How often should I have my pet vaccinated?
The protection pets need varies due to differences in age, health, breed, and lifestyle. To ensure your pet gets accurate protection against disease, we will create a vaccination schedule tailored to your pet’s needs.
What vaccines do baby pets get?
Puppies and kittens get a series of vaccines to keep them safe from disease, as their immune systems are still developing. This series can begin between 8 to 10 weeks of age with boosters given every 3 weeks until your puppy or kitten is 18 to 20 weeks old. Once this series is complete, your vet will create a vaccination schedule for your dog or cat.
Pet Vaccinations in Chadds Ford and Greenville, PA
Call Brandywine Veterinary Hospital today at (610) 459-0500 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.