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Vaccines are veterinary medical injections that help your pet's immune system fight serious illnesses and diseases. Vaccines can help lessen the severity of some serious diseases and completely prevent certain some common deadly pet illnesses. Protect your pet with some of the best Redington Beach vaccinations – we are here to help.

Why is it Important to Vaccinate Your Pet

Veterinary experts agree that the increasing use of pet vaccinations over the last century has saved the lives of countless animals. Vaccinations have also made some common animal diseases a thing of the past. Our vet recommends that all pets be vaccinated to ensure they are fully protected from a wide variety of contagious and possibly deadly diseases.

Common Vaccinations Pets Receive

When designing your pet's individual vaccination schedule, our vet provides both "core" and "non-core" vaccines. The difference between the two is in the necessity of the specific type of vaccinations. Core vaccines are foundational to maintaining a pet's health and recommended for all pets. Non-core vaccinations may be recommended depending your pet's unique health needs.

  • Core vaccines: rabies (all pets), feline panleukopenia (cats), feline viral rhinotracheitis (cats), feline calicivirus (cats), canine distemper (dogs), canine parvovirus (dogs) and canine hepatitis (dogs).
  • Non-core vaccines: feline leukemia (cats) canine kennel cough (dogs)

Vaccinations and Your Pet's Lifestyle

The majority of pets we see are house pets, either dogs or cats that spend their lives indoors. Some pets spend time both indoors and outdoors. Indoor pets are usually only scheduled for the core vaccines as exposure to infections, illness and disease is limited. Pets who spend time out-of-doors are more likely to be given non-core vaccines, as they are exposed to more risks. In spending time outside, pets can be at much greater risk of being exposed to certain infectious diseases. Your vet will take your pet's lifestyle into consideration when planning a custom vaccination schedule.

Pet Vaccinations: Safer Than Ever

Even though vaccinations save the lives of millions of animals each year, as with any animal medical treatment, they involve a slight risk. Fortunately, the science of animal vaccinations has advanced to the point that any serious adverse physical reactions happen only very rarely. Our clinic works to reduce any risk associated with vaccinations and administers those your pet truly needs.

What to Expect After a Pet Vaccination

It is very common for pets to experience a few side effects after their vaccination. Be sure to monitor your pet's health closely after their vaccination. If you see your pet experiencing any of the following side effects following their vaccination, contact your vet immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Breathing problems
  • Hives (itchy or bumpy skin)
  • Swelling around the vaccination area

How Long Do Vaccines Last?

Even though veterinary vaccination science has come a long way, vaccines cannot last a lifetime. Your pet's vaccines continue to be effective for about one year. That means that your pets will need to be vaccinated each year throughout their lives.

What is Kennel Cough?

If you adopted your pet from a shelter, you've probably heard of the phrase "kennel cough." This illness is caused by airborne viruses and bacteria that are unfortunately, common in shelters and kennels. Kennel cough is particularly contagious for dogs. The main vaccinations recommended for rescued animals will include:

  • Adenovirus
  • Bordetella
  • Parainfluenza

How Long Will Vaccines Need to Take Effect?

Pet vaccinations do not work immediately after injection. Vaccines take several days to become effective. If your pet is going to be exposed to other animals or you plan to have them boarded, all vaccinations should be administered at least a week prior to exposure to other animals.

Is My Pet Too Old for Vaccinations?

No, of course not! Any pet of any age can and should be vaccinated. Your pet's health is a life-long endeavor.

Do Indoor Pets Need to Be Vaccinated?

Yes! Florida law requires that all dogs have rabies vaccinations. The first rabies vaccine is given when a puppy is three months old, a second vaccination a year later, followed by a booster shot every three years thereafter. Although most indoor pets, both dogs and cats, will not be regularly exposed to serious diseases, they can still develop illnesses that vaccinations protect against. When you vaccinate your indoor pet, you help them stay healthy, and avoid developing diseases that can be fatal. Talk to us about your concerns for your indoor pet with regard to vaccinations – we are here to help.

Contact our Affordable Vet: Reliable, Caring and Focused on Animal Health

Scheduling your pet's vaccinations with Affordable Animal Hospital will go far toward keeping your pet happy and healthy for years. We are dedicated animal lovers, and will treat you and your pet with the care and compassion you deserve. Make an appointment to meet with us for a free consultation about your pet’s needs at our Redington Beach vet clinic.

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Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785


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