Dog and Cat Vaccinations at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center
Your dog and cat will encounter a wide range of environments and creatures over the course of a lifetime -- and unfortunately, some of those encounters can prove dangerous. Deadly germs can easily be transferred to pets whose immune systems aren't ready for the onslaught. Fortunately, you can anticipate those diseases by vaccinating your pet ahead of time.
Here at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center, we're more than happy to provide a variety of dog and cat vaccinations in Tucson, AZ.
Why Vaccinations Are Important
To understand why vaccinations matter so much, you must first understand how an animal's body protects itself against disease organisms. When the body is invaded by a specific germ, the immune system creates antibodies to destroy that germ. But there are no antibodies to guard against that first exposure -- unless your pet is vaccinated. A vaccine replicates the germ without actually causing the disease, triggering the creation of the necessary antibodies. These antibodies can now guard your pet against the real thing.
Core and Elective Cat and Dog Vaccinations
Cat and dog vaccinations can be divided into two categories: core vaccinations and elective vaccinations. Core vaccinations are essential for every dog and cat because they protect against the most commonly-encountered killer diseases. Your dog needs core vaccinations against rabies, canine hepatitis, canine distemper, and parvovirus. Your cat needs core vaccinations against rabies, calicivirus, feline distemper, and feline herpesvirus type 1.
Elective vaccinations protect against diseases that are less commonplace, or more likely to affect dogs and cats in specific environments or situations. For example, cats that spend lots of time around other cats may need to be vaccinated against communicable diseases such as feline leukemia. Dogs who are boarded with other animals may need to be vaccinated against Bordetella bronchiseptica. Outdoor pets may also need vaccinations against tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. We can evaluate your pet's lifestyle to determine whether he needs elective vaccinations.
Schedule Your Pet's Vaccinations With Your Veterinarian in Tucson
Pets need multiple rounds of vaccinations as puppies or kittens, beginning at around 8 weeks of age and recurring throughout the first critical year of life. Once the proper disease resistance has been built up, adult pets then need periodic booster shots to keep that protection strong. Our veterinary team can advise you on the right vaccinations and vaccination schedule for your pet.
Call (520) 572-8300 to schedule a consultation and any necessary vaccinations from your veterinarian in Tucson here at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center!