cat22One of the most important aspects of keeping your pet healthy is to be sure it has the proper vaccinations. Pet vaccinations help to prevent illness and disease, and allow you pet to experience less severe symptoms when they do contract an illness. At Sierra Veterinary Hospital in the San Jose area, we will help you determine which vaccines your pet needs to live a long and healthy life.

What Exactly Are Pet Vaccines?

Pet vaccines are injections given to pets, typically when they are young, to help prevent against specific diseases. Vaccines contain a copy of a known disease; the shot doesn’t give your pet the disease, but rather helps his body build up the antibodies necessary to fight it off in the future. The types of vaccines recommended for your pet will depend on the type and breed of the animal.

How Important Are Vaccines to the Health of My Pet?

Vaccines are a vital component to the overall health of your pet. Just as humans are given vaccines at various times in their lives to prevent against known diseases, the same is true for vaccinations for your pet.

What Are Core Vaccines?

Core Vaccines are considered based on severity of illness and transmutability to humans. Core vaccines will also depend on whether your pet is a dog or a cat. The American Animal Hospital Association’s Task Force has provided a list of core vaccines for dogs. The American Association for Feline Practitioners has similarly provided a set of core vaccines recommended for cats.

What Vaccines Should My Puppy/Kitten Get?

Core vaccines recommended for dogs are: rabies, canine parovirus, distemper and canine hepatitis. Core vaccines recommenced for cats are: rabies, feline distemper, feline calici virus and feline type 1 herpes virus. There are also non-core vaccines that are recommended for both dogs and cats, which vary based on the breed of animal you have. The experts at Sierra Veterinary Hospital, your specialist veterinarian in the San Jose Area, will discuss all the options with you and help you make the best choice for the health of your pet.

How Often Should My Pet Be Vaccinated?

The experts at Sierra Veterinary Hospital will help you determine how frequently your pet needs to be vaccinated. This will depend greatly on the age and general health of your pet. Some pets will require vaccinations annually, while some other can go up to three years between vaccinations.

Are There any Risks Associated with Vaccines?

Vaccines have been widely proven to be a reliable way to safeguard the health of your pet. Generally, no serious side effects occur.

What Symptoms Should I look for?

Most pets have no adverse reactions from a vaccination. Signals that indicate your pet may be having a reaction to a vaccine include:

  • Swelling and redness around the injection site
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sluggishness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness/difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, contact your doctor at Sierra Veterinary Hospital immediately.

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