Don’t Forget Your Pet Needs Vaccinations!

Vaccinations Keep Pets Healthy

At Willard Veterinary Clinic serving Quincy, Milton and the surrounding area, our South Shore pet vet often hears questions from owners asking why pet vaccinations are so important. So in this blog, we’re going to answer these questions as clearly as possible.

Vaccinations are a vital aspect of pet wellness care because they effectively protect your pet from life-threatening diseases. Traditionally, they were developed to protect animals from diseases caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses and more recently, they’ve also been adapted to protect against protozoans such as Giardia. South

Shore pet vet recommends pet vaccinations

Throughout the Western world, diseases such as canine parvo and distemper, rabies and feline panleukopenia have become almost eradicated thanks to vaccinations. Because this greatly enhances the chances of modern pets being healthy and happy, it’s clear that vaccinations form one of the most important developments in pet services today.

Our Pet Vet Explains How Vaccinations Work

Pet vaccinations work by stimulating an active immune response in the animal’s body. A veterinarian injects an animal with a vaccine that contains a weakened form of the organism that causes the actual disease. After about seven days, this in turn prompts a defensive reaction in the animal’s body and prepares the pet to fight off the disease if ever encounters it.
In many cases, veterinarians recommend annual vaccine boosters to enhance the effectiveness of a vaccination. There are a small number of vaccines that can be administered in an intranasal form. These typically trigger a faster autoimmune response and their effects last longer. It’s best only to administer vaccinations to a healthy animal. Additionally, if an animal is already infected, a vaccine will not make it healthy again.
Our Veterinary Clinic Recommends Vaccines for Prevention

If you’re not sure which vaccinations your pet has had, make an appointment with our South Shore pet vet to discuss what your pet needs. For dogs, most vets recommend a rabies and DHLPP vaccination, which combines five vaccines in one injection and protects against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvo. In cats, vaccination against feline panleukopenia is recommended.
Do you make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date?

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