Your pet depends on you for good health. In addition to a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise, pets need quality veterinary care to maintain optimal health. Vaccinations are a big part of that care. Vaccines protect your pet against infectious diseases that can seriously hinder his health. Some diseases are incurable, which could lead to a tragic end for your pet. At White Rose Veterinary Clinic in York, we will create a vaccination schedule for your dog or cat to protect his health.
The Importance of Vaccines
Like people, pets are susceptible to diseases that pose a risk to their life and health. Outdoor pets have greater exposure to infectious diseases, but indoor pets are not immune to sickness and should be vaccinated as well. Some diseases can spread from animals to people, putting you and your family at risk as well. By vaccinating your pet, you not only protect him from diseases but also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to people and other pets.
How Vaccines Work
Vaccines work by stimulating your pet’s immune system to combat diseases that he has been vaccinated against. Once that particular virus enters your pet’s body, his immune system produces antibodies to fight against it. Some vaccines minimize the effects of the virus to protect your pet’s health. Other vaccines keep your pet from contracting the disease. Preventing diseases is much easier for your pet than subjecting him to lengthy treatments at our animal clinic after he becomes ill.
One dose of a vaccine doesn’t provide your pet with immunity for life. Your pet will need booster shots from time to time to maintain his protection. Your pet can receive his boosters at our animal hospital. Dr. Sylvia will put your pet on a vaccination schedule suited in his health, breed, and lifestyle. Vaccines are an essential part of pet preventative care.
Core and Non-core Vaccines
We offer core and non-core vaccinations at our animal clinic to keep our pet patients in optimal health. Core vaccines are considered essential. These vaccines protect dogs and cats against highly contagious diseases that can seriously impair their health. Core vaccines for dogs are those that fight against rabies, parvovirus, canine hepatitis, and canine distemper. Core vaccines for cats are rabies, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, and feline rhinotracheitis.
If your pet is at risk of certain diseases due to his location or lifestyle, our veterinarian may recommend that you include non-core vaccines to his preventative care vaccination schedule to protect him from these diseases as well.
Bring Your Pet to Our Animal Hospital for Vaccinations
If you would like to learn more about pet vaccinations or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in York, call our team today at (803) 818-5121 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.