Why Pet Vaccinations are a Staple in Veterinary Medicine
Bacteria, parasites and pathogens, oh my! The potential for infection is an everyday health concern for our pets, but it doesn’t have to be. With vaccines, your pet has a much better chance of resisting disease and staying healthy. Like you, we want them to enjoy a long, happy life, and pet vaccinations make that much more likely. Our veterinary team in Oak Park is dedicated to the well-being of every pet, and we recommend a tailored vaccine plan according to their own individual needs.
How Your Pet Stays Protected with Vaccines
A vaccine is not a medication or a cure for illness. Instead, it works to prevent infection in your pet altogether by releasing disease-mimicking “antigens” that stimulate an immune system response. The immune system responds by producing antibodies that target and destroy the antigens. Therefore, if your pet encounters the actual virus later on, their immune system should be able to recognize and resist the intruder. Most vaccines will provide your pet with the necessary immunity to deter viruses for about 12 months, while others can offer immunity for up to three years.
What Vaccines Do We Offer for Cats and Dogs?
We recommend core (highly recommended) and noncore (lifestyle-based) vaccines for both cats and dogs to ensure their protection from illness. These include:
- Distemper (DHPP)
- Canine influenza
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP)
When to Vaccinate Your Pet
Cats and dogs should begin their first series of vaccines at about 8 weeks old. While Rabies, Distemper, and Leptospirosis vaccines are generally a given for every pet due to the severity of the diseases they protect against, we will also need to discuss your pet’s lifestyle to decide whether they’ll need additional protection. Bordetella, Leukemia, and Lyme are all recommended if your pet’s lifestyle puts them at a higher risk of encountering or contracting these illnesses.
Our team is available 7 days a week to help you choose the best vaccines for your pet’s health and longevity. Contact our hospital today at (708) 248-8888 for more information and to schedule an appointment.