How Vaccines Work
How Vaccines Work
Vaccinations prevent disease by stimulating your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies that protect them from disease causing viruses and bacteria. Each time a vaccination is repeated it reminds the immune system to produce protective antibodies. After the initial series most vaccinations are repeated annually to continue to remind the immune system to protect your pet.
You must plan ahead to protect your pet . It takes time for your pet’s immune system to build the number of antibodies that are needed to protect them. Having your pet vaccinated the same day as they are boarded or having surgery leaves them without protection while they are in a situation where they could be exposed to disease. Most vaccines take 10 days to provide protection.
Side Effects Of Vaccines
A small number of pets may have an allergic reaction from a vaccination, which are usually not serious. Symptoms may include lethargy, soreness or swelling at the injection site, or in more severe cases, hives or facial swelling. Most of these symptoms can be controlled with Benadryl should they occur. If your pet has any of these symptoms please report the reaction to our office.
What Vaccinations Do Pets Need?
Dogs should have the following vaccinations:
- DA2PP (Distember, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
- Other Vaccinations may be recommended depending upon your pet’s level of exposure
- Recommended Puppy Initial Vaccination Series Schedule
Cats should have the following vaccinations:
- Feline Leukemia
- We also recommend that new cats or kittens be tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).
- Recommended Kitten Initial Vaccination Series Schedule
How Often Should My Pet Be Vaccinated?
Pets need to receive an initial series of vaccinations with periodic boosters to develop and maintain immunity. Our staff will assist you in determining the appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet, which is determined by individual lifestyle, age, and level of exposure.
Unvaccinated adult pets generally require boosters 1 month after the initial vaccine set.
High risk situations may require supplemental doses of the Parvo or Bordetella vaccines.