We believe that preventative care is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your pet’s health. Vaccinations play an important part in keeping your pet healthy. Animals can be exposed to dangerous illnesses in their lives, but a standard course of vaccinations can prevent them.
Vaccinations do not cause the disease. The vaccine stimulates your pet’s immune system to mount a response against the vaccine, thereby causing it to produce antibodies capable of protecting your pet against the disease. Antibodies fight disease by killing the disease-causing virus or bacteria within the body.
Vaccinations are particularly important for puppies, kittens, and other young animals that have immature immune systems. Antibody levels produced by a vaccination diminish over time. Revaccinating stimulates the immune system to “remember” the specific disease organism and manufacture more antibodies to continue to protect your pet. Veterinary vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and then are boostered throughout your pet’s life, depending on the vaccine.
Our doctors will determine the appropriate vaccination plan for your pet and discuss it with you.
The most important factor in disease prevention is your pet’s individual immune system. Like people, animals have varying abilities to respond to vaccines and illnesses. The very young and the very old have diminished ability to respond. In such cases, it is critical for your pet to be revaccinated at the required interval.
Furthermore, if your pet is exposed to a disease shortly before or after being vaccinated against it, it may not have sufficient time to develop the immunity and protection from the vaccination before it becomes sick.
During nursing, puppies and kittens absorb antibodies from the mother’s milk. These antibodies protect pets against disease until their own immune system is able to do so. Puppies and kittens need vaccinations to stimulate the development of their own immune system once the protective level of antibodies from their mother has diminished. Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations (boosters) because of the changes to their immune systems that happen as they grow.
Vaccines help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive or small amounts of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Vaccines are administered through a subcutaneous injection (under the skin), orally, or intra-nasally, depending on the vaccine.
Vaccinations are accompanied by a consultation and examination with our veterinarians to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough to receive them. Proper and timely administration is necessary to ensure optimal protection.
To schedule an appointment for vaccinations, call us at 630-552-7804, or schedule online now.