Keeping Animals Healthy with Pet Vaccinations
Vaccines are still a controversial topic where pets are concerned. While it's very important to be careful with your pet's treatments and avoid over-vaccinating, routine vaccinations are still vital to their overall safety. Our animal hospitals in Hyde Park are dedicated to helping people protect their pets from various diseases, and vaccines make this possible. In addition to offering core vaccines to protect against deadly viruses like rabies and distemper, we can also recommend lifestyle-based vaccines if your pet is at a high risk. When helping pet owners choose how to vaccinate their pets, we consider not only their protection against disease but also their protection from over-vaccination. Your pet's health and safety always come first.
Why the Rabies Vaccine is Required by Law
Rabies is one of the most dangerous, life-threatening diseases affecting animals. While nowhere near as common in people, they can also be at risk of infection under certain circumstances. The rabies virus is highly contagious and can cause certain death if not addressed immediately. Therefore, due to the danger this virus poses to the animal population, vaccination to prevent it from spreading is necessary.
Common symptoms of rabies include fever, seizure, paralysis, fear of water, and an inability to swallow.
Dog and Cat Vaccines We Carry
- Distemper combination vaccine (DHPP)
- Canine Influenza - H3N2 & N3N8
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline Leukemia
What Vaccines Does My Pet Need?
We recommend rabies and distemper (DHPP for dogs, FVRCP for cats) vaccines for all pets as part of their routine vaccination plan. Additional vaccines can be given if your pet has a higher chance of encountering certain viruses. With a comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall lifestyle, we can help you choose a vaccination plan sure to keep your pet fully protected. Specific factors we look at when offering suggestions for vaccination include:
- Travel frequency
- Other pets in the family or living nearby
- Visits to the dog park, grooming salon, boarding facility and/or daycare
- Prevalence of certain parasites in the environment
- Wildlife presence around your home
- Age, size, and health of your pet
Have questions about vaccinating your pet? Schedule an appointment with us by calling (773) 324-4484!