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At Lake Shore Pet Hospital in Pasadena, MD, we encourage all pet owners of the community to vaccinate their pets on a regular basis. Pet vaccinations protect pets from common illnesses and diseases, and also help stop the spread of illnesses throughout the pet population. Pet vaccinations are even important for public safety, because they can help stop the spread of rabies.
Pet vaccines are injections of weakened organisms. When the body fights off that organism, it develops immunity. Vaccines are given to pets early in life, and then they're given boosters later to boost their immunity.
Some pet owners hesitate to get their pets vaccinations because they have safety concerns. In truth, however, pet vaccinations present a relatively low-risk for pets. Some pets may experience some negative side effects from vaccinations. The most common side effects include:
Pain and tenderness in the area around the site of the vaccination.
Irritability and lethargy in the hours following the shot.
Decreased appetite and loss of interest in food.
Cold or flu-like symptoms, which include sneezing, runny nose, coughing. This reaction is most common in pets who are given intranasal vaccines.
These side effects will often go away after a day or two, and after that time, the pet returns to normal. In a very small number of cases, pets may have more serious side effects, including difficulty breathing, swelling, vomiting or diarrhea, appearance of hives all over the body (characterized by itchy skin), and collapse. Pets who experience this type of severe reaction must be treated quickly by a medical professional. Pet owners who witness this type of reaction in their pets are asked to contact a veterinary professional immediately.
However, this type of reaction is not common. Many pets that are given vaccines will have all the benefits (increased immunity, better health) without ever experiencing a severe reaction. As a veterinarian in Pasadena, MD we encourage all pet owners to bring in their animal companions for regular vaccines.
Vaccines are broken into two groups: core and non-core. The core vaccines are those vaccines that are essential for all pets. Some common examples of core pet vaccines include distemper, rabies and parvovirus.
Other vaccines are known as non-core. These vaccines are only given to pets who are at high risk for those specific illnesses. Some of the non-core vaccines include adenovirus, Lyme disease, bordetella and parainfluenza.
As your pet's Pasadena, MD vet, we strongly encourage you to take your pet to get regular vaccinations and boosters. Contact your animal hospital in Pasadena, MD today and make an appointment for your pet's vaccines. After your pet has come in to Lake Shore Pet Hospital for his or her first vaccine appointment, we'll be happy to give you friendly reminders about future vaccines.
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