Vaccinations can prevent a variety of illnesses and disease from affecting your pet, including some very serious ailments. While owners sometimes worry about adverse reactions from pet vaccinations, we encourage you to consider how much the benefits of this type of preventative care outweigh any potential risks.
Advice from Our Castle Rock Veterinarian
In Castle Rock, the law stipulates that dogs or cats over the age of six months must be licensed, and you will need to provide proof of a rabies vaccination. In addition to staving off deadly rabies, vaccinations can prevent illnesses such as feline herpes, calicivirus, panleukemia, rabies and leukemia. They can protect dogs from disorders like parvovirus, Lyme disease, rabies, Bordetella and leptospirosis.
Pet vaccines also protect you and your family from some disorders your pet could pass on to you.
Which Vaccines Are Important?
The two major classifications of vaccines are core and non-core. Core vaccines are essential and include such shots as rabies vaccines for dogs and rabies vaccines for cats.
Non-core vaccinations are not considered essential, but can still prevent disease. Our Castle Rock veterinarian recommends that you discuss your pet’s lifestyle with our staff, such as whether he is an indoor or outdoor pet, to determine which non-core vaccines are a good decision. Non-core vaccinations that are often recommended for canines include protection against: distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus.
Felines need protection against leukemia, calicivirus and distemper. Our veterinarian will recommend which non-core vaccinations are helpful to your pet based on its breed, environment, age and overall health and will also let you know how often these vaccines should be administered.
How Vaccines Work
A vaccine works by preparing your pet’s immune system to ward off a specific organism that causes a disease. The animal’s immune system recognizes antigens in vaccines as an invader and kicks off a response to protect the pet against the would-be threat. If the pet is ultimately exposed to the organism, thanks to the vaccination, its immune system will either prevent infection or greatly reduce its severity.
Today’s vaccines give cats, dogs, birds and horses the chance to live healthier and longer lives than prior generations of companion animals experienced. The risk of having reactions to pet vaccinations is minimal.
The most common side effects veterinarians see are low-grade fever, some aches and pains, facial swelling, vomiting and lower-than-normal appetite and activity levels. Some pet owners ask about the advisability of administering pet vaccinations at home, since they consider that setting more efficient and also a calmer one for their pets. Vaccines are chemical substances that are quite sensitive to handling. Extreme heat can even cause them to become inactive. You can count on the fact that the vaccines administered at our center have been handled very carefully.