Preventative pet care includes getting your pet vaccinated. These vaccines are an essential part of keeping your pet safe and healthy. At Oxford Animal Hospital, Dr. Girard and our team are here to care for the pets of Oxford, The Villages, and the surrounding communities. Let’s look at some of the questions that we run into regarding pet vaccines.
How Do Vaccines Work?
Vaccines contain material that causes a reaction in your pet’s immune system. This allows him to build up his protection against certain diseases before he is exposed to the disease. This means that if he is exposed to an illness he has been vaccinated against, he has less of a chance of becoming severely ill.
Since vaccines invoke a physical reaction in the body, your pet might have minor side effects from his injection. This can include things like fever or lethargy. These side effects are natural and should go away on their own in a few days. Be sure to talk to our veterinarian if you have any questions.
What Vaccines Will My Pet Receive?
The vaccines your pet needs will be based on his species and lifestyle. Cats and dogs have a core set of vaccines that they need, including rabies and distemper. From there, he will receive them based on his exposure risk for certain diseases. Our veterinarian will determine which vaccines are necessary for your pet.
How Can I Get My Pet Vaccinated?
Your pet can receive his necessary vaccines during his annual physical exam at the pet clinic. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to keep up with these appointments. If your pet is getting regular care, it will be easy to incorporate vaccinations into it. We will provide them for your pet at the end of the appointment.
What If I Don’t Vaccinate My Pet?
If you don’t get your pet vaccinated, you are risking his health. Your pet needs the vaccines to build up an immunity to diseases. If he is exposed without those vaccines, he might get severely ill or die. So, skipping your pet’s vaccines puts him at risk of unnecessary pain and suffering, as well as early death.
Contact Oxford Animal Hospital in Oxford, FL
At Oxford Animal Hospital, Dr. Girard and our team are here to provide preventative care and vaccines to the pets of Oxford and The Villages. From wellness visits and preventive care to managing a chronic illness, we provide exceptional care. We look forward to helping your pet. Call our team today at (352) 461-1346 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.