Vaccinating your pet is an essential part of his veterinary care. It’s one of the most effective ways of protecting your pet’s health and extending his lifespan. Pet vaccinations also protect you, your family, and other pets in your community by preventing the spread of infectious diseases. If you live in Vista or the surrounding communities, bring your furry friend to Aloha Animal Hospital for pet vaccinations. We also offer wellness exams, flea and tick prevention, dental care, and other preventative services to enhance your pet’s health.
Core and Non-core Vaccines
There are two categories of pet vaccinations: core and non-core vaccines. Veterinarians recommend that all pets receive core vaccines as they offer protection against diseases that pose the greatest threat to your pet. Some of these diseases have no cure, but can be successfully prevented by vaccinating your pet:
- Core vaccines for dogs include rabies and the distemper combination, which protects your pup from distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus.
- Core vaccines for cats include the rabies shot and the distemper combination which protects your feline from panleukopenia (distemper), rhinotracheitis (herpes), and calicivirus.
Non-core vaccines are optional, depending on the risk your pet faces of contracting certain diseases due to his location or lifestyle. Your veterinarian can help you determine what non-core vaccines would be best for your pet. We can also create a vaccination schedule conducive to your pet’s healthcare needs.
Vaccinations for Young Pets
Kittens and puppies receive a series of vaccines after being weaned from their mother’s milk. Your vet can start this series when your pet’s around 6-8 weeks old. Boosters can be given every 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccine until your pet reaches 12-16 weeks old. Once the series has been completed, we can develop a booster schedule to keep your pet protected long-term.
The Importance of Vaccinating Your Dog or Cat
Vaccinations are an investment in your pet’s future as they keep your furry friend from contracting diseases that can seriously impair his health or lead to an early demise. Some pet diseases can be transferred to people, putting you and your family at risk. By vaccinating your pet, you can safeguard your pet and your family’s health.
Even indoor pets should be vaccinated as they are not totally immune from infectious diseases. Your unvaccinated dog or cat can contract a disease when playing with your neighbor’s pet or accompanying you on an outing. Vaccinations are a cost-effective means of preserving your pet’s health.
Bring Your Pet to Aloha Animal Hospital for Preventative Care
Vaccinations, just like flea and tick prevention, are a vital part of preventative pet care. To schedule vaccinations for your furry friend with Dr. Abella or Dr. Zelles, contact Aloha Animal Hospital in Vista. Call our team today at (760) 724-8313 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.