Vaccinations for Your Pet at Watertown Animal Hospital
Your pets may seem to live a safe, sedate lifestyle -- but that doesn't make them completely free from danger. Some of the most insidious threats to a pet's well-being can't even be seen without a microscope, including the common disease germs that can cause serious illness or even death in unprotected animals. That's why you want to make sure your Watertown pet gets the necessary vaccinations. We can provide this critical wellness service right here at our veterinary clinic in Watertown CT, Watertown Animal Hospital.
A Smart Strategy for Healthy Pets
If you want the healthy pet in your life stay healthy year after year, vaccinations will play a key role. A vaccine is a substance derived from (or simulating) a particular disease germ, although it has no power to infect your pet. The substance causes the immune system to react by making antibodies against it. When the real germ enters your pet's body, your immune system is now prepared to fight back against the genuine disease threat. This spares your pet from the risk of an unprotected first encounter with a potential killer.
It's important to note that a vaccination only provides protection for a certain amount of time, usually in the range of 1 to 3 years. We can keep your pet protected against diseases by re-administering these vaccinations as booster shots before the original vaccines wear out. Our veterinarian can advise you on when your pet's booster shots are due.
Our Veterinary Center Offers Core and Non-Core Vaccinations
Puppies and kittens need to get started on vaccinations at around 6 weeks, when the antibodies they received from their mother's milk no longer protect them. All pets need to receive a specific set of injections known as core vaccinations; these are the vaccinations considered most critical for everyday protection under most circumstances. Rabies and (feline/canine) distemper vaccinations are considered core vaccinations for dogs and cats. Cats also need be vaccinated against Feline calicivirus and HFV1, while dogs receive parvovirus and hepatitis vaccinations. Several rounds of these vaccinations are typically administered.
For some pets, core vaccinations don't cover the full range of necessary protection against specific types of threats, such as tick-borne diseases or communicable ailments spread through close quarters (such as boarding). For this reason, our vet center offers non-core vaccinations against diseases such as Bordetella, feline leukemia and Lyme disease.
Need a Local Veterinarian for Vaccinations? Contact Our Vet Clinic in Watertown!
If your pet needs vaccinations, then you need a local veterinarian who can deliver with care, skill, and expertise. Contact Watertown Animal Hospital at (318) 747-9150 to learn more and schedule vaccinations at our vet clinic!