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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are made to protect our pets from potentially harmful (and sometimes deadly) diseases. Why wouldn’t you want to give your pets all the protection they need?

Not every pet needs to be vaccinated against every disease. It depends on your location and your pets’ lifestyle, so it is important to discuss both with our staff and your veterinarian. There are many vaccines available, and together we can decide which are the most important for your pets.

It is our goal to provide the highest level of care for your pets, and vaccination is an integral part of their overall health, so be sure to vaccinate them when needed. If you have any questions or are curious about the different vaccines we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (315) 469-3959.

Young animals are like kids–it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.

While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.

Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core vaccines include:

  • Rabies (dogs and cats)
  • DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza (dogs)
  • FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)

Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccinations for cats include FIV for feline immunodeficiency virus and FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For dogs, bordetella and canine influenza shots are recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.

It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to a disease. Your Quarryside Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (315) 469-3959.