Why Are Pet Vaccinations so Essential?
Our veterinary team in Greenfield believes strongly in vaccinations as an essential aspect of pet healthcare. Unvaccinated pets are much more vulnerable to diseases in their environment and are not likely to have sufficient immunity to fight them off. Therefore, one of our doctors will want to discuss vaccines and help you choose the best vaccination schedule for your pet's needs.
What good can pet vaccinations do against contagious viruses and diseases? A lot, as a matter of fact. Like human vaccines, vaccines for cats and dogs contain antigens, which mimic certain diseases. Once injected, these antigens will trigger the immune system to produce antibodies, which in turn will target the antigens. If your pet comes into contact with a certain disease later in life, their immune system will be equipped to recognize and destroy it.
Our Vaccines for Cats and Dogs
Your pet's vaccinations should be able to keep them protected from any diseases they are at risk of encountering. We offer the following core and lifestyle vaccines:
- Canine Distemper (DHPP)
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
- Canine influenza (H3N2 & H3N8 strains)
- Lyme Disease
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP)
When to Vaccinate, and How Often
The question of when and how often you should vaccinate your pet and what vaccines they will need depends on multiple factors, including:
- Frequency of travel
- Exposure risks
One of our veterinarians will guide you step by step in choosing the proper vaccines and devising a schedule. While core vaccines such as rabies and distemper are needed for every pet, other "lifestyle" vaccines such as Bordetella or feline Leukemia may not be required. While it is a non core vaccine, we do highly recommend Leptospirosis for every dog. Keep in mind as well that we can alter your pet's vaccination plan if their circumstances happen to change. Stay in touch and let us know if we need to recommend additional vaccines for your pet.
It is important to start pets on their vaccinations when they are young and vulnerable to illness. The more time they have to build up their immune systems, the healthier and happier they will be. To get started, call us today at