Modern vaccines are instrumental in helping pets live longer and healthier. Vaccines protect your pet against such life-threatening diseases as Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Lyme disease and more. If you live in Tucson, AZ, you can bring your pet to Twin Peaks Veterinary Center for vaccinations. Here is what you should know about modern vaccines for your pet.
What Are Vaccines?
Vaccines are health products designed to protect your pet against contagious diseases. They work by stimulating your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies against the disease. If your pet is exposed to these diseases, the body will be able to fight against these harmful microorganisms. Some vaccines prevent the disease while others reduce the severity of the infection.
Why Is It Important To Vaccinate My Pet?
You never know when your pet will be exposed to a contagious disease. Some diseases, like the rabies, can threaten your pet’s life. By vaccinating your pet, you can protect its health and life in the long term.
What Vaccines Should I Give My Pet?
Core vaccinations essential because your pet are more likely to encounter dangerous diseases. At Twin Peaks Veterinary Center, we recommend your dog or cat get the following core (essential and common) vaccinations:
For your cat: feline distemper, calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type 1, and rabies
For your dog: parvovirus, canine hepatitis, rabies, and canine distemper
Non-core vaccines, also known as elective vaccines, are more about treating diseases found in certain environments. Such diseases found in these environments include canine kennel cough or feline leukemia. For example, if your dog spends time at a boarding facility, you may want to protect him against kennel cough, which can spread quite easily in that environment.
Your pet’s lifestyle plays a key role in the non-core vaccines. If your pet stays at home for the most of the time, your pet is less likely to be exposed to contagious diseases. If your canine or feline loves the great outdoors, there is a greater risk of getting a disease due to having more contact with other pets or wildlife. Your geographic location also affects your pet’s vaccination program as it is more prone to get diseases that are common in the area where you live.
How Often Should I Vaccinate My Pet?
As vaccines have different levels of protection, there is no set schedule for all pets. Your Tucson veterinarian will customize a vaccination schedule to provide the unique protection that your pet may need.
Do Vaccines Pose A Risk To My Pet?
In general, vaccinations are safe and life-saving for your pet. However, that doesn’t mean they are completely risk-free. Your pet may suffer an allergic reaction to a vaccine, which may cause swelling at the injection site, shortness of breath, or weakness. If you notice that your pet is having an allergic reaction, contact our clinic immediately to rectify the problem.
See Your Tucson Veterinary for Pet Vaccinations
To vaccinate your beloved pet, contact Twin Peaks Veterinary Center in Tucson, AZ at 520-572-8300.