At Petlove Veterinary Hospital in Elk Grove, CA, we understand the crucial role vaccinations play in protecting your pets from various diseases. Our comprehensive vaccination services are designed to safeguard the health of your pets and ensure their long-term well-being.

Importance of Vaccinations

Vaccinations are vital for preventing disease and maintaining your pets’ health. Immunizations protect against potentially deadly illnesses like rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and feline leukemia, among others.

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Our Vaccination Services Include:

  • Core Vaccines: Essential for all pets, regardless of their age or lifestyle. These include vaccines for rabies, distemper, and parvovirus in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats.
  • Lifestyle Vaccines: Recommended based on your pet’s exposure risk, which might include vaccines for bordetella (kennel cough), Lyme disease, and leptospirosis for dogs, and feline leukemia for cats.
  • Customized Vaccination Plans: Our veterinarians will assess your pet’s specific needs based on their age, medical history, environment, and lifestyle to tailor a vaccination schedule.

Benefits of Regular Vaccinations

  • Disease Prevention: Vaccines protect pets from many illnesses that can lead to severe health issues or even death.
  • Cost-Effective: Preventing diseases through vaccination is much less expensive than treating illnesses once they occur.
  • Community Health: Vaccinating your pets also helps to prevent the spread of certain diseases to other animals and, in the case of rabies, to humans.

Preparing for Vaccination

We recommend a preliminary health assessment before administering any vaccines. This helps to ensure your pet is healthy enough for vaccination and to identify any special considerations that might affect the vaccine schedule.

Schedule Your Pet’s Vaccination Appointment

Keeping your pets vaccinated is a key part of responsible pet ownership. Contact us today at (916) 359-9996 to schedule an appointment or to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs with our expert veterinary team.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Vaccinations

Why are vaccinations important for my pet?

Vaccinations are crucial in protecting your pets from various infectious diseases, some of which can be fatal. They boost your pet’s immune system against pathogens and reduce the severity of diseases they might encounter.

What are core vaccines for pets?

Core vaccines are recommended for all pets, regardless of their lifestyle. For dogs, core vaccines typically include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. For cats, the core vaccines include rabies, panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus type I.

Are there any risks associated with vaccinations?

Vaccines are very safe and the benefits far outweigh the risks. In rare cases, some pets might experience mild side effects such as soreness at the injection site, fever, or allergic reactions. Our veterinary team closely monitors pets for any adverse effects.

How often does my pet need to be vaccinated?

The vaccination schedule can vary based on the vaccine type, your pet’s age, health status, and lifestyle. Puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations in their first year of life, and adult pets need regular boosters. We will create a personalized vaccination schedule for your pet.

Can I bring my pet in for vaccinations if they are sick?

Pets should be relatively healthy when receiving vaccinations to ensure their immune system responds properly. If your pet is sick, it might be best to reschedule the vaccination appointment until they have recovered.

What is the difference between core and non-core vaccines?

Core vaccines are essential for all pets, while non-core vaccines are administered based on a pet’s specific risk and exposure. Non-core vaccines for dogs might include bordetella and leptospirosis, and for cats, vaccines like feline leukemia virus are considered non-core.

How can I prepare for my pet’s vaccination appointment?

Ensure your pet is healthy on the day of the vaccination and bring any previous vaccination records with you. This helps us determine which vaccines are needed and maintain an up-to-date vaccination schedule.