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Our clinic provides vaccines to prevent or reduce the effects of certain diseases. These injections are easy to administer and greatly reduce the likelihood of your pet acquiring or developing certain diseases or common illnesses. We offer all of the basic vaccinations that can help you to protect your pet.


The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

Vaccinating can save the life of your pet. There have been countless animal lives that have been saved since the accepted and widespread use of vaccinations for animals – not to mention the diseases that have been completely wiped out through the use of animal vaccinations. We highly recommend vaccinating your pet against the common diseases that commonly affect pets.

What are the usual vaccinations that pets get?

Pets typically receive what are known as the “core” vaccines, which are ones that are integral to your pet’s good health. Other vaccines that are not as common or that are recommended on a case by case basis are called “non-core”. If our vet sees that due to your pet’s specific health needs “non-core” vaccinations are needed, those will be recommended. Core vaccinations include rabies for all pets.

  • Core vaccinations for cats include:
    • Feline panleukopenia
    • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
    • Feline calicivirus
  • Non-core for cats include:
    • Feline leukemia.
  • Core vaccinations for dogs include:
    • Canine distemper
    • Canine parvovirus
    • Canine hepatitis
  • Non-core for dogs includes:
    • Canine kennel cough

Lifestyle Can Dictate Vaccinations

Most pets that we see are indoor pets that spend the majority, if not all, of their time indoors. House pets that do not tend to go outside are typically only given the core vaccines as they are not likely to pick up many of the diseases that can be contracted from the outside environment. Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors are more likely to pick up diseases. Our vet will take this into account when they customize your pet’s vaccinations.

Vaccination Safety

Even though vaccines are responsible for protecting the health of many animals, they do have their own risks as a medical treatment. The science behind them is only getting stronger and as our vaccines develop, adverse side-effects become more and more rare. We aim to mitigate as much of the risk as we can when it comes to giving your pets the vaccines that are crucial to their health.

What should I expect after I have my pet vaccinated?

There are many common side-effects that can occur after your pet has been vaccinated. We urge you to keep watch over your pet during the following days and contact us if you see your pet experiencing:

  • Itchy skin that looks swollen or inflamed, such as hives
  • Diarrhea or liquid stools
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing or breathing problems
  • Swelling, especially at the injection site

How often do I need to get my pet vaccinated?

Vaccines do not last for the duration of a pet’s life and many will require updates roughly once a year. The proper schedule for vaccination updates will be fully explained to you.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is common in animals that have been rescued and have spent time in a shelter. It is airborne in origin and is quite contagious between dogs. If you have adopted your pet from a shelter, then it may be recommended that they have the following vaccinations:

  • Parainfluenza
  • Adenovirus
  • Bordetella

How long does it take for a vaccine to work?

Vaccinations take at least a few days to a couple of weeks before they are effective. If you are planning on boarding your dog or cat, or if you know that they will come in contact with other animals, then their vaccinations should be scheduled minimally a week before your planned boarding date.

Does my pets age affect whether or not they should be vaccinated?

Not at all. Vaccines are an important part of maintaining good health throughout your pet’s life, even into old age.

Are indoor pets exempt?

Indoor pets are not exempt from vaccination, in fact, it is required by law in the state of California, for every dog to be vaccinated against rabies. Your puppy should receive their initial rabies shot at three months of age, then another after a year, and then they will require a booster shot at three year intervals after that.

Indoor pets are definitely safer than ones who go outside as they are protected from picking up many harmful diseases, but vaccinations are no less important in protecting their health. Many diseases or illnesses can arise in indoor animals that can be avoided with the right vaccinations, so making sure that their vaccinations are up to date is a good way to help them stay healthy. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have about the need to vaccinate your pet.

Contact Us

Contact our team at Affordable Animal Hospital today to book your pet an appointment to have them vaccinated. Our team of caring dog lovers can give you the information you need to make an informed decision on vaccinating your pet.

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Affordable Animal Hospital Whittier

7247 Painter Ave.
Whittier, Ca 90602

(562) 444-5611

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