Carmel Pet Immunization Tips
It’s National Immunization Awareness Month. Just like us humans, our pets need to stay up to date on their immunizations. Vaccines are the simplest way to lower the risk of your pets contracting preventable diseases. Without taking precautions, your pet could potentially get very sick. You’re not only protecting your furry family members, though. Vaccinating pets protects those in contact with them from contracting illnesses, too.
How Do Immunizations Function?
Just like vaccines for people, pet immunizations are tested for safety before becoming available for use. Vaccines activate the immune system causing it to create specific antibodies that target a particular disease. This prepares the body to fight against that disease the next time it enters the body.
What Are Common Vaccines For My Pet?
Different species can carry different diseases and therefore should be vaccinated differently.. Here are some common viral and bacterial illnesses dogs and cats are commonly vaccinated against.
Typical Diseases in Dogs:
- Kennel Cough
- Canine Distemper
- Lyme Disease
Typical Diseases in Cats:
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Calicivirus
When Do Vaccinations Begin?
Vaccinating young dogs and cats typically kicks off at around 8 weeks of age. Once they’re an adult, vaccines are updated yearly or every three years usually. Your vet will let you know when your pet needs their vaccines.
Do Pet Immunizations Have Side Effects?
While it is possible that your pet could experience mild side effects, many don’t have any at all. Common side effects include:
- Decreased appetite
- Swelling at injection site
- Discomfort at injection site
- Mild fever
- Sneezing or coughing
These side effects usually are short-lived, only lasting a few days. If your pet displays more severe side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea, allergic reaction, severe swelling or sudden collapse, contact us immediately.
How Can I Get My Pet’s Vaccines in Carmel?