NEK Veterinary Services understands that pet vaccinations can be a confusing part of pet care. Do they just need to have them when they are puppies and kittens? What type of shots do they need? How often do they need them? Keeping your pet healthy and prepared for a long life takes good pet wellness care and that means vaccinations. These inoculations help keep your cats and dogs protected against common, serious, sometimes fatal illnesses that they might otherwise contract, even if they stay inside or near to home. Our animal hospital wants you to know just how important these vaccinations are for your furry friend.
Dogs and cats need different types of vaccinations at different stages of their development. The types they need also vary depending on their lifestyle, whether they go outside and where you live. Our experienced veterinarians can discuss what they feel is best for your pet after speaking with you and a pet exam. Core vaccines are recommended for young puppies and kittens since they are particularly vulnerable to diseases. Later on in life, annual or bi-annual vaccinations are recommended for most animals for diseases like rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and feline leukemia.
Why Vaccinations Are Important
Vaccinations contain very weak versions of a pathogen that cause your pet to produce antibodies that can destroy certain diseases if the pet encounters them at a later date. The protection that each vaccine provides gradually decreases and as a result, a series of booster shots will likely be needed throughout your pet’s lifespan.
Vaccinations are important for all pets, even if they stay inside your home. Your pet can "escape" and come into contact with a sick animal outdoors. Fleas and other disease-carrying pests can enter your home through a window or open door. You can even, inadvertently, bring disease into your home on your shoes or clothes. Of course, on walks and in the park, your pet is exposed to all types of potentially-hazardous elements that can’t always be seen by the naked eye. It's just smart to make sure your pet is prepared no matter what they encounter.
Make an Appointment for Your Pet's Vaccinations
To learn more about what vaccinations your pet needs and to make an appointment to see our Hiawatha veterinarian, call our animal hospital at (785) 742-2147. NEK Veterinary Services provides an array of pet care services to help your animals live long, healthy, and happy lives.