Vaccines: The Basics. Why should I vaccinate my pet?

June 15, 2015
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In this age of technology, we have information about virtually anything at our fingertips. The Internet is flooded with outdated or incorrect information, especially regarding medical advice.

We are here to set the record straight! Let’s dive in and talk about vaccinating your pet.

Why are vaccines important?

Vaccines provide your pets’ body with immunity against diseases that can make them very sick and can sometimes be fatal. Vaccines work to stimulate the body’s natural response to bacteria and viruses that cause these dangerous diseases. Once exposed to the vaccines, the body will begin creating antibodies that can fight off diseases.

What Vaccine reactions should I look out for? 

Many pet owners have concerns about potential allergic reactions to vaccines. It’s important to note that there’s a difference between an allergic reaction and the body’s natural response to the injection.

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If an animal has an allergy to a vaccine, the most common symptoms are facial swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and salivation. These reactions usually happen within minutes of the injection. If a pet is known to have a vaccine reaction, this will be noted in your pets medical record and our staff will be aware. Antihistamines like Benadryl can usually be given before the injection to prevent an allergic reaction. Please speak to your veterinarian before administering Benadryl to your pet yourself. 

Vaccine response

Animals, like people, often have a response to the vaccine at the injection sites. These responses are usually soreness, redness and sometimes a small bump. Your pet may also be tender near the site for a few hours or even a few days after the vaccine is given. Sometimes pets can be subdued, quiet, or even sleepier than usual after vaccines are administered. All of these are considered to be normal responses and should be monitored following an injection. Any concerns should be brought to your veterinarian’s attention.

Vaccines are an essential part of your pet's’ preventative health plan.

Talk to your veterinarian, and make sure your pets are up-to-date on their core vaccines!