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At Valley Animal Hospital, our veterinarian in Clifton, NJ is committed to providing your pet with the treatment and services needed to promote a healthier and happier lifestyle. Whether you need treatment for a kitten, cat, puppy, or dog, your pet is always in good hands with our team. One of the most common preventative service options we provide in our office is that of vaccinations and immunizations for pets in the Clifton, Montclair, and Nutley areas!
Keeping your pet up-to-date on vaccinations is important for a number of reasons. For starters, many illnesses, diseases, and viruses can easily spread to other pets or even humans in your household (as is the case with rabies). Therefore, it is vital to ensure that your pet is vaccinated. Furthermore, if you ever take your pet into a groomer or boarding facility, they are going to require proof of updated vaccinations; this also applies to most dog parks for dog and puppy owners out there.
Furthermore, vaccinating your pet is a great way to protect their overall health and wellness at all stages of life. With the right vaccinations, you could save your pet from contracting a life-threatening virus or disease or parasite, such as heartworm.
One of the most common questions pet owners have for us is "what type of vaccinations does my pet need?" Of course, this will vary based on the age of your pet, as well as the species and risk factors. In general, however, all dogs and cats will need a rabies vaccine once every one to three years (depending on the specific vaccine used).
Puppies and dogs also need to be vaccinated against:
For cats and kittens, some of the most common vaccines recommended by veterinarians include:
If you have records of your pet's most recent vaccines, please bring them into our office at the time of your pet's appointment. This will allow us to review your pet's records and make a determination as to which vaccinations are required. From there, we can also provide you with a detailed schedule of future vaccinations and their due dates so you can plan accordingly.
If you don't have recent vet and vaccination records for your pet, please let us know. We will want to schedule a comprehensive exam to evaluate your pet's health before we recommend any specific vaccinations. From there, we can make recommendations on which vaccines or other additional care/service your pet may need, such as heartworm prevention or flea/tick medication.
If your pet is due for any vaccines, it's time to schedule an appointment with our Nutley area vet today. You can reach Valley Animal Hospital to request your pet care appointment by giving us a call at (973) 509-5225
Preventative wellness is a critical aspect of pet care, but it can also be a confusing one. If you've had some lingering questions about pet vaccinations, our Clifton veterinarian had provided the answers to some frequently asked questions on pet vaccinations received here at Valley Animal Hospital.
A vaccine is a non-infectious "mimic" of the specific germ your pet needs protection against. When the vaccine enters your pet's bloodstream, the immune system reacts as if it were the actual germ, manufacturing antibodies which will now safeguard your pet.
Your pet isn't born with any active antibodies except the ones he received through his mother's milk. Vaccinations trigger the necessary production of protective antibodies without the actual disease exposure, which might prove fatal.
Vaccinations fall into two primary categories: core and elective. Core vaccinations are considered a must for all pets because they protect against the most common deadly threats. Elective vaccinations are considered necessary only under specific circumstances.
Dogs should receive core vaccinations against rabies, canine hepatitis, parvovirus, and canine distemper.
Cats should receive core vaccinations that protect against feline distemper (panleukopenia), rabies, calicivirus, and feline viral rhinotracheitis.
Pets who are exposed to other animals (boarding environments etc.), may need an elective vaccination against easily-transmitted diseases such as Bordetella or feline leukemia. Dogs who live in"tick country" may benefit from Lyme disease vaccinations. Our veterinary team can advise you on these and other elective vaccinations.
Ideally, pets should receive several rounds of vaccinations starting at around 6 weeks of age; this helps them build a firm foundation of disease resistance during their first year. As time passes, however, these vaccinations will lose their potency, necessitating periodic booster shots. We can let you know when your pet needs specific booster shots.
Vaccinations pose no risks to the vast majority of pets. Any minor side effects, such as soreness or flu-like symptoms, should pass quickly. In rare cases, we might need to treat your pet for an allergic reaction. But the protective benefits of pet vaccinations far outweigh other considerations.
Our Clifton veterinarians can answer all your pet vaccination questions and get your pet started on a healthy preventative wellness routine. Call (973) 509-5225 to schedule an appointment with your Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton!