A Complete Guide To Vaccinating Your Pet

Vaccinating Your Pet

The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Should you vaccinate your pets? Yes! Vaccinating your pet is critical to his or her health and general well-being.

Just as in humans, immunizations protect pets from contagious diseases that can cause serious illnesses, discomfort, and sometimes even death. They are also required at most daycare, boarding and grooming facilities.

Vaccines provide pet owners peace of mind knowing their pet is shielded against the risk of many common diseases. Regular pet vaccinations increase life expectancy, reduce medical expenses over time, and let you relax knowing your pet is protected.

Furthermore, not vaccinating your own pet puts other animals at risk -unvaccinated pets can unknowingly pass on preventable contagious diseases to pets within and outside their household. This is why most doggy daycares and pet boarding facilities require pets to be vaccinated before they can visit.

The bottom line is that keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations is important for its health and the safety of animals around them.

Common Types of Pet Vaccinations 

Are you ready to schedule your pet’s first introductory pet wellness exam? Great! We’re waiting for you and your precious fur baby here. Before your visit, its helpful to understand what types of vaccinations you can expect to need for your dog or cat.

Bordetella Bronchiseptica

Bordetella Bronchiseptica, known as “kennel cough”, is highly infectious and can harm your puppies’ health. Symptoms can include the following: 

* Fits of coughing

* Whooping

* Vomiting

* Seizures (in rare cases)

The Bordetella vaccine is available in two forms; an injectable and a nasal spray. This vaccine is important, especially if you plan to board your family pet or take them to day care. It’s required by most boarding and day care facilities. Proof of vaccination is usually required also.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper vaccine is one of the most important vaccines to keep our canine friends happy and healthy. This virus can be found in unvaccinated dogs and wild animals and is spread through the air or contact with bodily fluids.

Vaccination offers a layer of protection against canine distemper, helping to prevent more serious symptoms if contracted. The first distemper vaccine is part of the DHPP series starting at about six weeks of age. This series covers distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.

Common Types of Pet Vaccinations

Getting a new pet is memorable for every pet owner. Living up to the responsibility of being one however is the real challenge. To ensure the health of your puppy or mature family pet, there are certain vaccines that your dog must get. With our complete guide to vaccinations, you’re sure to be on the right track.

Adenovirus Vaccine

Adenovirus is also known as canine hepatitis and has no cure. It can cause failure of the kidneys and is fatal. Since the disease is highly infectious, vaccination is crucial.

Parainfluenza Vaccine

Parainfluenza virus is one of the leading causes of respiratory diseases and kennel cough in dogs. It can cause mild to severe coughing and can be fatal in rare cases.

Parvovirus Vaccine

Dogs can suffer from the Parvovirus at any age but young puppies are especially vulnerable. Since there is no cure and the death rate is extremely high, vaccination is a must.

Leptospirosis Vaccine

Leptospirosis attacks the liver of dogs and can be passed onto humans as well. The most noticeable symptoms of the disease are fever, lethargy, vomiting, and refusal to eat,

Coronavirus Vaccine

Coronavirus in dogs is very different from that in humans. It mainly attacks the immune system and digestive tract of dogs. Since it has no cure, vaccination is the first line of defense against it.

Canine Influenza Vaccine

Canine Influenza is also known as the dog flu. It has two different strains H3N2 and H3N8 which are equally as dangerous. It can cause serious injury to the respiratory system of dogs. You must vaccinate your pet against both strains for maximum protection. Many day care and boarding facilities now require this vaccine.

Rabies Vaccine

The most commonly known disease to vaccinate pets against is rabies. In most areas, it is required by law as it can be deadly when transmitted to humans.

Pet Vaccinations in Thousand Oaks

We are passionate about providing the best veterinary care at Slaton Veterinary Hospital. Our state-of-the-art facility is designed with your pet in mind and offers the highest level of service, including preventive checkups, vaccinations, parasite control, and more.

We understand that our four-legged family members are part of the family, so we strive to provide respectful and honest veterinary care with love and compassion. Our knowledgeable veterinary staff will be here every step of the way, from your earliest puppy visit to caring for your beloved old friend in their golden years.

Gold Standard in Service and Care

The SVH family will welcome you into our state of the art facility to provide the highest level of service and veterinary care with love, compassion, and honesty. Whether you are starting with your first puppy visit, or your 20 year old cat’s senior wellness, we will be there every step of the way. With our knowledgeable and friendly staff we will help keep your four-legged family happy and healthy for years to come.

At Slaton Veterinary Hospital, we provide you with the best general wellness services that keep your pets healthy and happy. This includes vaccination and microchipping. We our located in the City of Westlake Village. To book an appointment call 805-269-6696 or go online.

Ready to start vaccinating your pet? Schedule an appointment now.