Being a responsible pet owner and keeping your four-legged friend healthy requires more than just bringing them in for an annual wellness exam. Having them vaccinated on a regular basis is also important. Vaccines have done more to improve the quality of life of animals and people than any other advancement in medicine. They offer protection against certain viruses and diseases by strengthening the immune system, making them especially important for pets (since they age seven times faster than humans). If a vaccinated pet comes in contact with the virus or disease for which it was vaccinated, their body will be more equipped to fight it off than a non-vaccinated pet.
Customizing Your Pet’s Vaccines
Pell City Animal Hospital in Cropwell has been proudly accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1994. What does that mean for you as a pet owner? It means we meet the highest possible standards with all of our services and guidelines, including our pet vaccination protocols. We offer more than a dozen core and non-core vaccines for our canine and feline patients to keep them protected from illnesses.
Core vaccines are considered essential, regardless of a pet’s exposure risk, while non-core are vaccines that are recommended, based solely on lifestyle. We will work very closely with you to develop a customized vaccine protocol based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors. Some pets need only core vaccines while others need both core and non-core. We’ll also customize a vaccination schedule to meet your pet’s needs. Vaccines typically need to be updated every 1-3 years, since the antibodies that they help create fade over time.
Below are some of the vaccines that we may recommend:
* Canine influenza is an airborne, highly contagious virus primarily affecting dogs. There are 2 known strains: H3N2 and H3N8. Signs of canine flu include coughing, sneezing, fever, lethargy, and discharge from the eyes and nose. Since the virus can be brought home on your clothing, all dogs are at risk, but dogs in frequent contact with other dogs are most at risk. We recommend flu vaccine for dogs that are boarding, going to the groomer, going to daycare, dog shows, field trials or competitions, or spending time at dog parks. The bivalent vaccine we use contains antigens to simultaneously protect pets from both flu strains. A booster is required 3 weeks after the initial injection, and then the vaccine can be given annually.
Give us a call at 205-884-4104 if you have any questions about our pet vaccination protocols, or if you need to schedule an appointment for your pet.