Vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s life.
Many of the diseases that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations. From your first visit to Academy Animal Hospital, we’ll make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccines and put on a schedule that makes sure they continue to stay up-to-date.
Depending on your pet’s age, medical history, lifestyle, and environment, our Solana Beach veterinarians will discuss the best course of action in regard to your pet’s vaccine schedule. You can bring your cat or dog in as early as eight weeks for his or her first round of vaccines.
You’ll need to bring your pet in every few weeks over the course of about three months for boosters after he/she receives the initial vaccines. Once your pet finishes the initial vaccine series, he/she will receive boosters every 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccine and lifestyle of your fur-baby.
Vaccines and Side Effects
You may worry about the safety of vaccines for your pets. Most pets don’t experience any side effects. Possible side effects vary based on the vaccination, but most often are mild and may include fatigue, fever and/or hives. Our veterinarians at Academy Animal Hospital screen your pet thoroughly to ensure the vaccines are safe for your pets. Exams are recommended annually for healthy adult pets and every 6 months for pets over the age of 9 years. Pets may rarely have life-threatening reactions to vaccines. In a majority of cases, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks, but our veterinarians are ready to help you make the best decision for your pet.
The core vaccines for cats include panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline herpesvirus type I, feline calicivirus, and rabies. Although none of them are mandatory in California, they protect your kitty from serious health issues. You may also want to get your cat vaccinated for feline leukemia virus depending on your pet’s lifestyle. During your feline’s visit, we’ll discuss his/her lifestyle and determine which vaccines he or she should have.
Core vaccinations for dogs include Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Bordetella, and Rabies . By law, dogs must have a rabies vaccination (starting at 12-16 weeks) and receive boosters every three years. We’ll discuss your dog’s risk and determine if he or she should also receive the Canine Influenza, Leptospira bacteria, and/or Lyme vaccine depending on your pup’s social life.
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