Pet Vaccinations From Our Greensboro Veterinarian
A healthy pet requires proper preventative treatments and care. When you work with a Greensboro veterinarian, we recommend vaccinations to prevent complications with your pet's health and well-being. The specific vaccinations we recommend depend on the concerns you express, your lifestyle and the standards set by the local and state laws.
Core vaccinations refer to the required vaccines for any dog or cat. When you seek veterinary service for your pet, we set up a schedule for the core vaccines based on the age of your pet and their current health.
The core vaccines for dogs include:
• Canine parvovirus
• Canine distemper
• Canine hepatitis
Every dog must obtain the core vaccines to keep up with state and local laws. We recommend vaccinating a dog during their early life to limit the risks to their health over a lifetime.
Core vaccines for your cat include:
• Feline distemper
• Feline herpes virus
• Feline calicivirus
The goal of core vaccinations is limiting the risks to your pet as well as preventing the spread of the diseases to other cats. By working with a veterinarian and obtaining the right vaccines, you ensure that your pet has a low risk of contracting a sickness.
Optional vaccines are not required by law; however, we do recommend additional vaccinations in certain situations. We may recommend a vaccine for Lyme's Disease when you take a dog out camping or hiking with the family. We may also recommend a vaccine against a kennel cough when you keep your pet in a kennel during your vacations.
The vaccines we recommend for your pet depends on your lifestyle. We evaluate the risks to your pet's health and then suggest different options based on the possibility of exposure to common health concerns.
Call Our Greensboro Veterinarian Today!
You want to talk to a vet about vaccinations when you want to provide proper care for your pet. The vaccines we recommend vary based on your pet's health and age, so we may suggest waiting for certain vaccines. Generally, we recommend visiting a Greensboro veterinarian when you bring a pet into your home or when a kitten or puppy reaches 6 to 8 weeks old.
Vaccinations are an essential part of keeping your pets healthy and active. When you have concerns about a pet's well-being or when you want to prevent complications with their health, a veterinarian helps with your goals. To learn more about our vaccination service or to set up an appointment in our clinic, call (336) 897-1505 today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vaccinations for Pets
Vaccinations for pets prevent serious, potentially deadly diseases. They are considered by most veterinarians to be one of the most important parts of preventative healthcare for dogs and cats. Vaccinations are also very cost-effective, as it is much cheaper to vaccinate your pet than treat one of the preventable illnesses they protect against. Here in Greensboro, Benessere Integrative Veterinary Medicine provides evidence-based medicine, including vaccinations, for dogs and cats.
What is a vaccine?
A vaccine is a substance that provides immunity to a disease without causing the disease in your pet. Made from either dead or modified viral or bacterial particles, a vaccine causes your pet's body to react as though the actual illness was present and produce antibodies. In the future, if your pet is exposed to the real form of the disease, the antibodies will be able to fight it off before he or she gets sick.
Which vaccinations does my pet need?
That depends on their age and lifestyle. Certain vaccinations are considered 'core' and are recommended for all pets. Others are considered 'lifestyle' vaccines, and may only be appropriate for pets at increased risk. For example, canine Bordatella vaccines protect against some types of the extremely contagious condition kennel cough, and pets that are boarded or go to daycare may need this vaccine. When discussing vaccinations with you, our veterinarian will help you understand which vaccines we recommend for your individual pet and why.
When should my pet be vaccinated?
Young puppies and kittens should have a series of vaccinations, including a single dose of the rabies vaccine, before they are four months old. Adult animals should have boosters on a regular basis. Some vaccines are given at 1-year intervals and others at 3-year intervals. A few vaccines are given more often, such as the intranasal Bordatella vaccine.
Are vaccinations safe?
Vaccinations come with a minor amount of risk. Most bad reactions are mild and of short duration. Occasionally, a more serious reaction does occur. However, the risk from a vaccination is extremely small compared to the risk from the diseases that vaccinations prevent. Our veterinarian can discuss whether your pet is at a higher than normal risk of having a bad reaction, if you are concerned.
Contact Us Today for Pet Vaccinations in Greensboro
At Benessere Integrative Veterinary Medicine in Greensboro, we believe in the importance of vaccinations. However, we also recognize the importance of vaccinating individual animals according to their risk and needs. To achieve this goal, we work closely with owners to ensure that we have designed the appropriate unique vaccination plan for your dog or cat. Call us today to make an appointment at (336) 897-1505.