Vaccinations are an unrivaled tool to prevent potentially debilitating or life-threatening diseases. Because they are so critical for protecting both individual pets, and the animal population at large, some are even required by law.
Vaccinations prevent disease by exposing the immune system to a very small dose of the bacteria or virus. The dose is not large enough to elicit symptoms, but it allows the immune system to build antibodies for the particular disease. After the exposure, the immune system will be better prepared to fight off the ailment if encountered in the environment.
Your veterinarian can work with you to decide the best vaccine protocol for your pet. Certain vaccinations make up the core of our protocol, which means we believe every pet should receive them, or they are a legal requirement. Based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure, some additional non-core vaccines may be recommended.
We know that some owners may be concerned about over-vaccinating. Your veterinarian can offer counsel on the best course of action to take for your pet. We believe that protection against life-threatening diseases is a critical element of veterinary care, and will advise your vaccine protocol accordingly.
In some rare cases, certain pets can have adverse reactions to vaccinations. If your pet seems more lethargic than usual after receiving a vaccine, for up to 24 hours, this is considered a typical side effect. Their body is using its energy fighting the small dosage of the virus or bacteria, so they might need to rest. If more severe symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, inflammation, or anaphylaxis, please contact us immediately.
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