Your Top 5 Vaccination Questions Answered by Bellevue Vet
The month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Like humans, our furry friends need to stay up to date on their vaccines. Vaccination is the easiest and most efficient way to prevent pets from contracting life-threatening diseases. Without taking the proper precautions, your pet is at risk of becoming ill. On top of that, vaccinating your pet will also protect you and your loved ones from contracting diseases from your pet. Pet healthcare can seem overwhelming, but we’ve hit on the top 5 questions asked about Bellevue pet vaccines.
What Are Vaccines?
Vaccinations for animals and humans alike are continuously tested for safety and quality. Vaccines stimulate the immune system, causing it to create antibodies to fight off disease. If your pet comes in contact with the disease in the future, their body will already be able to fight it off with the antibodies it produced.
What Diseases Could My Pet Get?
Dogs and Cats require different vaccinations. Common diseases your pets are susceptible to depend on their species.
Common diseases in Dogs:
- Kennel Cough
- Lyme Disease
- Canine Hepatitis
- Canine Distemper
Common Diseases in Cats:
- Feline Herpesvirus
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Leukemia
- Feline Calicivirus
How Often Should My Pet Get Vaccinated?
Vaccinations for puppies and kittens usually begin around 6-8 weeks and typically continue every 3-4 weeks for the first few months. Once your pet is an adult, vaccines are usually updated yearly or every three year depending on the vaccine. Talk to your vet about when you should expect to have your pet’s vaccines boosted.
Are There Side Effects?
Just like medical treatment in people, there can be side effects for your pets. Most side effects pets experience are mild. These can include:
- Discomfort and swelling at the injection site
- Decreased appetite
- Mild fever
- Low activity
- Respiratory side effects (after intranasal vaccine)
These side effects usually only last a day or two. If you notice any severe swelling, diarrhea, vomiting or allergic reaction, contact your veterinary professional.
Where Can I Find Bellevue Vaccinations for My Pet?