Immunizing your pet against serious or communicable illness is one of the most crucial ways to prevent the spread of disease. Your veterinarian in Ocala, FL recommends a series of core vaccines, starting when your pet is 6 to 8 weeks old. Magnolia Animal Hospital follows pet vaccination guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHS).
Our pet vaccination schedule varies from pet to pet. The vaccinations we recommend for your dog and cat will depend on their age, lifestyle, and environment. For example, your cat’s vaccination schedule will be different depending on whether or not they go outside, and your dog’s vaccinations will vary depending on whether they come into contact with other dogs frequently, or are boarded regularly.
Vaccination Risks in Ocala FL
Most pets respond well to vaccines, with very few side effects, but all medical procedures do have associated risks. Your pet may experience tenderness at the injection site, and it is not uncommon for them to be a bit lethargic for a few hours after their vaccines. Risks should be weighed against the benefits of protecting your pet and your community from potentially life-threatening diseases. If you are concerned about risks associated with any of the recommended vaccines, we urge you to discuss them with your veterinarian.
Core vaccines are those which are considered essential to maintain your dog’s health and prevent the spread of disease. Beginning with core puppy vaccinations, and then continuing with boosters throughout your dog’s life, we recommend the following dog vaccinations:
Cats should be vaccinated against the following:
- Feline distemper and upper respiratory viruses
- Feline leukemia (if your cat goes outside)
Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations
Young puppies and kittens do not have fully developed immune systems, making them more susceptible to illness and disease. When they are very young, their mother’s milk provides a level of protection, but as they are weaned, they are at greater risk. In order to protect your young pets from illness, we recommend a series of vaccines scheduled 3 to 4 weeks apart. Most puppies and kittens receive their final round of vaccines at 4 months of age, but your vet will work with you to create a vaccine schedule that is appropriate for your pet.
Pet Vaccinations are the best way to protect your dog or cat from serious illness and disease. We will always tailor your pet’s vaccine schedule to meet their unique needs. The health and well-being of your pet is our top priority. To schedule an appointment to update your pet’s vaccinations, please give Magnolia Animal Hospital a call at (352) 622-7143.