Pet Vaccinations in South Shore, Quincy, & Boston: Critical to Your Pet’s Health and Wellness
As a pet lover, you want to do whatever you can to prevent your pet from suffering needlessly, and one of the most practical and simple ways to do this is to make sure they are up-to-date on their pet vaccinations. Quincy veterinarian, Dr. Meg Connelly often stresses to pet owners that vaccinations are not only a pet wellness issue—in some cases, it can become a human health issue as well. Painful and deadly diseases like rabies can be transmitted from animals to people, with very sad consequences. Here at Willard Veterinary Clinic in Quincy, we provide core vaccinations for our patients, as well as non-core vaccinations based on their health conditions, lifestyles and needs.
Pet Vaccinations – Up-to-Date?
Our Quincy pet vaccinations help stimulate your pet’s immune system to ward off very contagious and potentially deadly diseases. We inject a small amount of serum under a pet’s skin. That serum contains either dead or broken down components of a pathogen. This spurs your pet’s immune system to create antibodies that fight that particular disease, helping them to develop immunity to it. In the vast majority of cases, these vaccines have no side effects, while at the same time they prevent needless suffering.
There are many different vaccines; some are considered necessary (core) for all dogs and cats, while others are situational (non-core). When we administer pet vaccinations in Quincy, we address the individual needs of your pet. Puppies and kittens, for example, need a battery of core vaccines administered over the course of several weeks to build up their immune systems against the most common pathogens like rabies, parvo and distemper. Adult pets need periodic boosters (usually once a year), but senior pets, pets with compromised immune systems or those that travel frequently may need extra shots.
Essential core vaccines for dogs include rabies, distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, and hepatitis. In our area, we frequently recommend a vaccine against Lyme disease also. Other non-core vaccinations include bordetella, leptospirosis, giardia and coronavirus. Cat core vaccines are: rabies, feline distemper, feline calicivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis.
At each wellness checkup, we will review your pet’s vaccination schedule. If it has been awhile since your pet’s last checkup, or if you are new to the area, call us for an appointment because not all dogs and cats will be on the same schedule or have the same vaccination needs. Definitely call us if you are planning on traveling with your pet, or if you need to have your pet boarded, because there are usually extra vaccination requirements involved. Our veterinarians also keep updated on new developments and current recommendations in pet vaccinations, as these can change from time to time as new vaccines are created, or new disease threats emerge.
Check your pet’s vaccination records today by calling us at 617.773.6565!