Pet Vaccinations at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals
Nothing is worse for a pet owner than the realization that his beloved companion is suffering from a deadly disease that could have been prevented. The right combination of vaccines can help animals enjoy strong immunity against some of the most worrying germs out there. That's why you should make sure you schedule the necessary pet vaccinations for your furry friend here at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals in Houston TX.
How Vaccines Help the Immune System
Vaccines are not medicine in the sense that they fight diseases directly; instead, they're substances that rally your pet's immune system to do that job. A vaccine is a non-infectious "lookalike" for a particular disease germ. When it enters your pet's bloodstream, the immune system sees it as a genuine threat and responds by creating antibodies to fight that threat. These antibodies and the immune system's "memory" of how to create them will now protect your pet against the actual disease organisms for as long as its potency holds out -- usually from 1 to 3 years. This is a much safer approach than simply hoping that the body can form antibodies in time to control a potentially-fatal initial infection.
Core and Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats receive two basic categories of pet vaccinations. Core vaccinations are those which every dog or cat should receive against common, dangerous diseases. Dogs should always receive a rabies vaccination in addition to a separate shot that contains hepatitis, parvovirus, and distemper vaccines. Cats also receive a rabies shot, but their combination shot includes vaccinations against calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and FHV-1.
Certain other vaccinations may not make the "core" list but are nevertheless important for protecting your pet against some very nasty ailments. That's why we routinely administer non-core vaccinations for dogs (Lyme disease, Bordetella, and coronavirus) and cats (feline leukemia, chlamydia) alongside the core vaccinations.
A Sensible Lifetime Vaccination Schedule
Pet vaccinations should begin as soon as your pet is old enough to receive them, especially since baby animals have had no opportunity at all to develop their own antibodies against many serious diseases. Our puppy and kitten healthcare packages include multiple rounds of core vaccinations scheduled for 6 -8 weeks, 9-13 weeks, and 14-16 weeks of age. Once your pet becomes an adult, he will need additional booster shots to replenish vaccines as they fail. We will counsel you on the right times to schedule these vaccinations.
Call Our Houston Veterinarian At Pet Vet Hospitals
Stop those life-threatening diseases in their tracks before they can harm your pet. Call our Houston veterinarian at any of our offices to schedule vaccinations!