Dog and Cat Vaccinations from Our San Diego Veterinarian
If you love your cat or dog as much we know you do, you want to take every possible step to provide a long and healthy life for your special friend. Vaccinations play a critical role in establishing safeguards against some of the most widespread and dangerous diseases your pet may ever face. That's why it's so vitally important that you take the time to schedule dog and cat vaccinations from our San Diego veterinarian at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Schexneider.
Why We Administer Pet Vaccines in San Diego
Why should pet vaccines in San Diego take top priority in your wellness efforts as a pet owner? Puppies and kittens don't have their own inborn immunity against some of the potentially-deadly germs that haunt the animal world. They may "borrow" some immunity from their mother's milk, but once they're weaned, they need to be manufacturing their own protective antibodies. Starting at around the age of 6 weeks, kitten and puppy vaccines are administered the "jump-start" this natural process.
A vaccine is simply an inert version of the germ your pet needs to develop protection against. The vaccine bears enough resemblance to the active germ to trigger a response by the immune system, with antibodies manufactured to defend against the supposed enemy.
Core Vaccinations: Puppy and Kitten Vaccines
Our veterinarian in San Diego administers several doses of kitten and puppy vaccines during the first year of life to establish and reinforce the most thorough immune protection possible during this vulnerable time. We place particular emphasis on core vaccinations -- puppy and kitten vaccinations that protect against the most threatening and commonplace diseases. Core puppy vaccinations guard against rabies, canine distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus; core kitten vaccinations guard against rabies, feline calicivirus, rhinotracheitis and feline distemper.
Elective Cat and Dog Vaccinations for Special Needs
Some cat and dog vaccinations are not considered essential for every pet at all times, yet provide important protections for animals who face special risks. Our veterinarian in San Diego may recommend these elective cat and dog vaccinations if your pet lives in an area where the disease is prominent, or if he will be kept in close quarters with other animals. Examples include:
- Lyme disease vaccinations for pets living in (or visiting) tick-infested climates
- Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations for dogs going into boarding facilities
- Feline leukemia virus vaccinations for cats who will be associating closely with other cats
It's important to note that your pet's San Diego pet vaccines do not maintain their potency for life. We will advise you on how often your pet may need booster shots for particular San Diego pet vaccines, thus ensuring a lifetime of steady disease protection.
Schedule Those Vaccinations in San Diego Today!
Whether your puppy or kitten requires core vaccinations or it's time for your old friend to get some new disease protection, take action today. Call 858-292-6116 to schedule an appointment at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital!