Pet vaccinations are an easy thing for many pet owners to downplay or even neglect, but they play a vital role in keeping animals alive and well. Some vaccinations are absolutely essential, while others are recommended based on the animal's lifestyle and other risk factors -- but either way, these simple injections provide potentially life-saving immunity against disease threats. Here at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center, our veterinarian in Bowling Green can include vaccinations as a routine part of a preventative wellness exam for maximum convenience, while devising a vaccination schedule to help you keep track of when the next pet shots are due.
Many baby mammals are born into the world in a relatively helpless state. Puppies and kittens, for example, are born with only a temporary degree of disease immunity conveyed to them by their mother's body; their own immune systems are not prepared to fend off attacks by deadly infectious agents. to remedy this, we inject vaccines into your pets while they are still very young. The body responds as if the vaccine were an actual danger, creating antibodies to protect against it.
Core vaccinations are those every dog or cat should receive. A rabies shot is prime example, since this disease is invariably fatal in both species of animal. Apart from the rabies shot, other core vaccinations vary somewhat -- the list for dogs include canine distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis, while the list for cats includes FHV1 feline calicivirus and panleukopenia. Other non-core vaccinations may be recommended by our veterinarian in Bowling Green as well. For instance, your pet spends a lot of time out in the woods, he may need to be vaccinated against Lyme disease; if he is frequently in close contact with other animals, a Bordatella ("kennel cough") vaccination may be in order.
The earlier we get started with a vaccination schedule, the better. Multiple sets of pet shots may be administered initially to ensure a strong immune response. At some point or other, however, the potency of this protection will fade. This is why it's essential to follow the recommended vaccination schedule carefully and bring your pet back in for booster shots as indicated. It's all too easy to let a critical piece of your pet's protection slide, so we recommend that you review the vaccination schedule with our veterinarian in Bowling Green at every pet wellness exam. A proactive attitude can help your pet live a longer and healthier life. (in the case of the rabies shot, you're also protecting your human family members from harm.)
Now that you how important it is to vaccinate your beloved companions and keep them on a sensible vaccination schedule for a lifetime of disease protection, take action by schedule those necessary pet shots today. Call Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center today at 2702079250. We want to be your resource for a higher standard of veterinary health!