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Now that you're a proud pet owner, you're probably working to arm yourself with every scrap of knowledge you can find about how best to take care of your new friend. Along the way, you may have seen lots of mention of vaccinations. But what do you need to know about this important form of disease prevention? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject from our veterinary team at PetMed.
Vaccination is the introduction of a vaccine, a disease-mimicking substance (typically a deactivated version of the actual germ), into an animal's bloodstream. The vaccine resembles the infectious agent so closely that it alerts the immune system to step up production of antibodies that protect against the disease in question, thus creating immunity.
Animals develop immunity against specific contagions only after exposure to them -- and that first exposure can be a dangerous and possibly fatal one, especially in baby animals who have developed no immunity whatsoever. Vaccination is the essential first step in building your pet's disease resistance.
Routine vaccinations are generally administered beginning around 6 weeks of age for puppies and kittens. Your veterinarian in Antioch will administer these vaccinations a few times during that crucial first year. Booster shots can then be administered to keep the vaccinations from losing their protective power.
Dogs require essential, or core, vaccinations against rabies, parvo, hepatitis and canine distemper. (All except the rabies vaccine are delivered by your veterinarian in a single Da2PP shot.) Cats need to be vaccinated against rabies, feline calicivirus, feline distemper, and rhinotracheitis.
Elective or non-core vaccinations aren't considered necessary for every pet, but your vet may recommend them for pets whose lifestyles might pose specific additional disease risks. For instance, some cats may benefit from chlamydia or feline leukemia vaccinations, while at-risk dogs may need to be vaccinated against Bordetella, Leptospirosis, and Influenza. These vaccinations can be provided for you by your veterinarian at PedMed!
Vaccinations pose no danger to the great majority of pets. When side effects such as soreness, elevated temperature or respiratory symptoms result, they're usually both mild and temporary. In the rare instance that your pet suffers an allergic reaction, your Antioch TN vet can provide the necessary treatment. The deadly disease we're immunizing your pet against pose a much greater risk!
Now that you know more, are you ready to provide vaccinations for your pet? If so, call (615) 731-8074 to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian in Antioch TN. From preventative wellness to emergency treatment, we're the only veterinary clinic your pet will ever need!
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