Vaccinations are just one of the many things to take care of as a pet owner – and they are certainly crucial to your pet’s health. Our team at Grand Park Animal Clinic answers some of the most common questions below to help you understand the importance of vaccinations and more.
What are vaccinations, and why are they so important?
Pet vaccinations are very similar to human ones. Your pet is given a weakened or dead form of the illness or disease the vaccination is for. This gives its body the chance to fight it off and build antibodies against it. Doing so helps prevent your pet from contracting the illness or disease if it’s exposed to it.
Do I have to vaccinate my pet by law?
Not all vaccines are required by law. In fact, in most cases, rabies is the only required vaccination. However, if you take your pet to a kennel, daycare, or another facility, they might require certain vaccinations. Additionally, different city and state jurisdictions might have their own requirements. Your veterinary specialist can help determine what is required in your area.
Do vaccinations guarantee my pet’s health?
It’s important to understand that while vaccinations are essential, they are not a 100% guarantee against illness. New strains develop, immune systems can fail, and other factors can impact the success of a vaccine. However, by vaccinating your pet, you are greatly reducing the chances that it contracts illnesses and diseases.
What do you mean by “core vaccines”?
Vaccinations are grouped into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that every pet needs according to their breed. For example, all dogs need to be vaccinated against rabies, distemper, parvo, and hepatitis, and all cats need to be vaccinated against rabies, calicivirus, feline distemper, and herpes. Non-core vaccines are available according to the lifestyle of the pet but aren’t necessarily needed by all of them.
What if I’m late getting my pet's vaccinations?
While you should do your best to get your pet vaccinated according to the recommended schedule, life can sometimes get in the way. If your pet is overdue, make an appointment as soon as possible. In some cases, your vet may be able to pick up where they left off. In others – such as in the case of a series of vaccinations – the series might have to be restarted. In either case, getting to your veterinary facility as soon as you can is critical.
Schedule Vaccinations With Your Katy TX Veterinarian
Whether you’ve brought home a brand-new pet, or your furry friend has been your companion for years, we’re here to ensure their utmost health and wellness. Schedule an appointment at Grand Park Animal Clinic by calling (281) 392-3127 today.