FAQ’s About Pet Vaccinations in Rancho Cucamonga
Our veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga recommends that all pets get vaccinated beginning in their puppy and kitten stages. Vaccines are an essential part of any cat or dogs wellness and prevention program, as certain illness and diseases can be costly to treat and could certainly cause your pet pay the ultimate price. Here are some common questions answered concerning pet vaccinations in Rancho Cucamonga.
1. How Do Vaccines Protect My Pet?
Our vet in Rancho Cucamonga explains that pet vaccines are merely inert substances that your furry friend's body recognizes as the actual disease of the vaccination is administered. However, when introduced into your pet’s immune system, it responds by creating antibodies that help your animal resist the introduction of the virus for a specific period of time. Vaccines help strengthen immunity, so your pet can live a longer, healthier life and you can avoid expensive medical bills for treatment in the future.
2. Why Does My Pet Need to be Re-vaccinated Periodically?
You may remember as a child that your parents would take you to the doctor for booster shots every few years to protect you from common diseases. Booster shots are also necessary for pets, and the interval that they are required will depend on the type of vaccination. Some vaccine boosters need to be repeated annually while others may only be necessary every three years. Our veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga will let you know when your cat or dog needs to return for boosters for both core and non-core vaccinations.
3. What exactly are Core and Non-core Vaccinations?
Core vaccines are generally considered the ‘must haves’ of any proper vaccination schedule. Core vaccinations avert the most potentially deadly communicable diseases in cats and dogs. These are so important, that some are mandated by law, such as the rabies vaccine. Non-core vaccines may be recommended for pets with certain lifestyle patterns such as frequent boarding and grooming or those in multi-pet households.
4. Which Vaccinations Does My Dog Need?
Core vaccines recommended for dogs include rabies, canine hepatitis, canine distemper, and parvovirus. Non-core vaccinations we may recommend include those for a kennel cough, canine influenza, and Lyme disease.
5. Which Vaccinations Does My Cat Need?
Core vaccinations our vet in Rancho Cucamonga recommends include rabies, feline distemper, feline calcivirus and feline herpes virus. Non-core recommendations may include feline HIV, feline leukemia, and bordetella bronchiseptica and chlamydophilia felis.
6. Are there risks associated with vaccination?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks concerning vaccinations. However, our vet in Rancho Cucamonga explains that adverse reactions in pets are very rare and are typically very minimal such as discomfort or itching at the injection site.
Day Creek Animal Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga for Pet Vaccinations
Contact us at Day Creek Animal Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga today by calling (909) 646-7387 to schedule your pet’s vaccinations. We look forward to helping your pet live a long and healthy life with these essential vaccines.