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 spend a lot of outdoor time are more likely to pick up diseases. Our vet will take this into account when they customize your pet’s vaccinations.
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
- 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 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:
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.