The Importance of Vaccines for Your Pet
Just as humans need vaccinations to protect themselves from fatal viruses and diseases, pets also need regular vaccines to ensure their long-term health and well-being. At Citrus Heights Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights, California, we've been the go-to source for veterinary care and vaccines for many years now, and we're always happy to work with pet owners like you to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your animal.
Similar to humans, vaccines help an animal's body fend off certain deadly diseases. They safely and effectively accomplish this through the stimulation of a body’s antigens to help your pet build up an immunity to a specific disease. In addition to building up this immunity, vaccinations also prevent your pet from spreading diseases and viruses to other pets. Furthermore, if you ever want to board your pet while you're away on vacation or even want to take your animal to a dog-only park in your neighborhood, you'll almost always need to prove that your animal is up to date on its vaccinations.
Common Vaccines for Cats and Dogs
Both cats and dogs should receive a variety of vaccinations throughout their lifetimes to fend off various potentially deadly viruses and illnesses. Here's a closer look at some of them:
- Some of the vaccinations cats should receive include rabies, distemper, herpesvirus, feline leukemia, and heartworm disease. Some of these diseases, like rabies, can also be passed to humans, making it all the more important that your pet receives this vaccination.
- Some of the vaccinations dogs should receive also include those for rabies and distemper. Canine influenza, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and bordetellosis are other vaccinations that dogs should receive to ensure their long-term well-being. Similar to the case with cats, dogs that contract rabies may also transmit the disease to humans.
Generally, your pet will need more vaccines within its first year of life, and then it will receive less frequent vaccinations the older it gets.
Contact Citrus Heights Pet Hospital for More Information
Like we said before, if you have a new pet in your household or you've switched veterinary offices, the first thing you should do is get in touch with us so we can properly assess your pet, its health, and its vaccination schedule moving forward. As a leading veterinarian in Citrus Heights, California, we at the Citrus Heights Pet Hospital are committed to caring for your pet so it can get the most out of life. Contact us today by calling 916-725-2700 for more information on the importance of vaccines and to set a vaccination schedule for your animal.