As a pet owner, ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are updated. At Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, NM, we encourage you to have your pets vaccinated as required.
You might have questions about vaccines' effectiveness, safety, and purpose. Here are answers to some of such questions to help you decide which vaccines your pet requires.
What Are the Benefits of Pet Vaccines?
Vaccines help prevent potentially life-threatening infections and diseases in your pet. Some of these infections and diseases may include rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. Fortunately, all these diseases can be prevented by vaccines.
What Exactly Are Core and Non-core Vaccinations?
Generally, core vaccines are considered the ‘must-haves’ of the right vaccination schedule. They avert the most potentially life-threatening diseases, or the most common, in dogs and cats. Core vaccines, like the rabies vaccine, are so important that some are mandated by law. Non-core vaccines might be recommended for pets with lifestyles like frequent grooming and boarding or those living in multi-pet households.
Which Vaccines Does My Dog Need from a Veterinarian?
Core vaccines recommended for dogs may include canine hepatitis, rabies, parvovirus, and distemper. Non-core vaccines include those for canine influenza, Lyme disease, and kennel cough.
Are Pet Vaccines Safe?
Vaccines prevent the spread of diseases and infections and save the lives of pets. Vaccines are normally safe. Some cats or dogs might experience adverse reactions to vaccines, but these reactions are mild overall. Some of the reactions that your pet might have to vaccines include:
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased activity
Fortunately, these symptoms go away quickly, and your pet resumes normality. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms for an abnormal period, contact us for help.
My Puppy Never Goes Outside, Should I Have Him Vaccinated by a Veterinarian?
If your puppy remains mostly indoors and away from other pets, a vet on our team can help you determine the appropriate booster. Generally, your puppy must still receive the core vaccines. Rabies vaccination may be mandatory by law because it’s transmittable to humans.
When Should I Bring My Kitten or Puppy for Initial Vaccinations?
Most kittens and puppies can be brought in at around eight weeks. If you’re uncertain whether your puppy is too young, you can call us and speak to one of our staff members.
Visit Us for Pet Vaccines from a Veterinarian on Our Team
We at Arrow Animal Hospital provide vaccinations for pets in Los Lunas, NM. We have the veterinary skills and expertise to vaccinate cats and dogs. Contact us for more information about pet vaccinations. A vet on our team is here to answer any questions you might have. Call us at (505) 865-1826.