Vaccines are important for your pets. They help prevent a wide array of illnesses. Having the necessary vaccinations can help keep your pet healthy. In some cases, it is the law to have current vaccinations, such as the rabies vaccination. Rabies is always fatal, but it is completely preventable. The rabies vaccination is just one of many ways to protect your pet.
Core vaccines are the vaccines that are universally recommended for pets. Core vaccines for dogs include the parvovirus, rabies, distemper, and canine hepatitis vaccine. The core vaccines for cats include the panleukopenia, parvovirus, herpesvirus, rabies, and calcivirus vaccinations.
In severe cases, the flu can lead to pneumonia and cause plenty of other respiratory issues. The flu vaccine may not completely prevent the illness, but it will significantly lessen the severity and duration. This vaccine is especially important for pets that are consistently in contact with other pets, such as dogs that regularly attend daycare or boarding services. Some kennels even require that your pet receive the flu vaccine prior to boarding.
The rattlesnake vaccine helps to reduce the effects of a bite from a Diamondback Rattlesnake. This is especially important if you consistently hike with your dog in Utah. A curious dog may very well come into contact with a rattlesnake. The vaccine may offer limited protection against other types of snake venom, as well. Vaccines should be given to the pet 30 days prior to exposure, because it takes 30 days for the antibodies to function effectively. Boosters should be given every 6 months.
Vaccinations can go a long way toward keeping your pets healthy. They can prevent many illnesses that could be disastrous for your companion. To learn more about the necessary vaccinations for your pet, contact us at Borrett Animal Hospital today!