Pet Vaccinations

Just like people, pets require vaccines to keep them safe and healthy.  There are many common, dangerous diseases that pets can be vaccinated against.  This helps pets build immunity and makes them unlikely to contract the diseases they encounter.  At Mission Veterinary Clinic we are passionate about animal care and education.  Below, let's take a closer look at common vaccinations for cats and dogs.

kitten getting ready to be vaccinated

What Are Vaccinations?

Vaccinations are a way to keep your cat or dog safe from several common, preventable diseases.  Within the vaccine is a small amount of the disease that is introduced into your animal's system.  By having just a small amount of the disease, your pet's body learns how to create appropriate antigens to fight off the disease.  The body will remember how to produce these antigens, and should your pet ever naturally come in contact with the disease, will be able to fight them off. 

Which Vaccinations Are Required for Dogs?

There are a number of vaccines required for dogs called core vaccinations. These shots are typically administered as a puppy and will continue to be administered throughout the life of the dog.  Canine core vaccines include distemper, canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, and rabies.  Depending on the vaccine, these are sometimes administered yearly, or once every three years.  There are also non-core vaccines available to dogs.  Depending on your dog's activities and overall health, you may choose to vaccinate your dog against Borrelia burgdorferi, Leptospira, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.  Bordetella is often required to board your dog at a kennel or allow your dog to visit a dog park.

Which Vaccinations Are Required for Cats?

Just like dogs, cats have required core vaccines.  A veterinarian will administer vaccinations for feline distemper, feline herpevirus type I, rabies, feline calicivirus, and panleukopenia.  These vaccines need to be repeated either yearly, or once every three years.  Additionally, your cat may also be vaccinated against Bordetella, feline leukemia, and Chlamydophila felis.   Vaccines can be administered at an animal hospital during a yearly wellness exam.  Your veterinarian will help keep track of your pet's vaccination schedule to ensure your pet stays up to date and current on all required vaccines.  

Our team at Mission Veterinary clinic is dedicated and knowledgeable.  We want to keep your pet healthy and happy for a lifetime, and that starts with being properly vaccinated.  To schedule an appointment for your dog or cat's vaccinations, call us today at 818-363-8143.

 


Vaccines help prepare the petbody’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don’t actually cause disease. When the vaccine or shot is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a pet is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.


To protect your pet from contagious diseases, keep your pets essential vaccinations up-to-date. This is important even if your pet is kept mostly indoors. Many contagious diseases are airborne and your pet could easily be exposed through an open window or even a short walk around the block. Boarding facilities, dog parks and the groomers are all places where your pet is likely to be exposed to contagious diseases. It is also important to keep in mind that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective after the shot is given.


It’s important to remember that not all vaccines are 100% effective; a vaccinated pet may not develop adequate immunity and can become ill. However, the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks. When vaccinated, pets are protected against life-threatening diseases.


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