Vaccinations at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital
While you're taking steps to protect your beloved pet against other animals, extreme temperatures, or the wrong foods, don't forget about a less obvious enemy: germs. Infectious disease organisms can strike your pet at any time, causing serious illness, or even death unless his immune system is already prepared for the challenge. That's why vaccinations for your companion here at Best Friends Animal Hospital in Crossville, TN, are so important.
The Critical Role of Vaccines
An animal's immune system defends against invading organisms by creating antibodies specially configured to fight and kill those organisms. This defense measure can work quite well, but some diseases are so potent that an unprepared immune system is unable to fight off the infection.
Vaccines prepare an immune system for these more prodigious invaders. A vaccine is a non-infectious germ injected into a living creature in order to stimulate its immune system. While the vaccine can't infect your pet, it resembles the real thing closely enough to prompt the necessary production of antibodies. The immune system will remember how to create the antibodies for the lifespan of the vaccine, which is usually 1 to 3 years. To ensure that your pet remains protected against the disease for life, booster shots are administered on the appropriate schedule for the vaccine in question. Puppies and kittens receive several vaccines to establish a strong base of protection from the first weeks of life.
Core and Elective Vaccinations from Our Crossville Veterinarian
Our Crossville veterinarian, Dr. Warlick, administers two basic types of vaccinations: core vaccinations and elective (or non-core) vaccinations. Every dog or cat needs to receive a specific set of core vaccinations, which protect against the most common threats in most animals' everyday environments. You can expect to give your pet the following core vaccinations:
- Dogs: Canine parvovirus, rabies, distemer, canine hepatitis
- Cats: Rabies, feline calicivirus, panleukopenia, and feline herpesvirus type 1
In addition to the standard schedule of core vaccinations, some pets may need to receive elective vaccinations against certain other diseases. These tend to be infections common to specific situations or environments. For instance, we may recommend a leptospirosis vaccination for pets who spend time in the water, or a Bordetella vaccination for animals who will be kept in boarding facilities.
Schedule Vaccinations at Our Crossville Clinic
A few simple shots can make all the difference in the world to your pet's health. Call our Crossville veterinary clinic today at (931) 459-2006 to schedule those vaccinations!