Animal Vaccinations in Quakertown
Preventative Care for All Types of Pets & Farm Animals
Vaccinations are a critical aspect of preventative veterinary care. Vaccines have been created to protect your pets and working animals from numerous disease threats, including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and several others. Some of these diseases can be passed from animals to people, so proper vaccinations of our pets are important for our family’s health as well.
At Quakertown Veterinary Clinic, we offer comprehensive animal vaccinations. Our vaccination services include puppy and kitten shots, exotic pets, farm animal vaccinations, routine boosters, and more.
Recommended Pet Vaccines
To assist veterinarians with making vaccine recommendations, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has issued a set of vaccine guidelines. All vaccine decisions should be made on an individual basis for each pet.
At Quakertown Veterinary Clinic, we look at a variety of factors when recommending vaccines for your pet, including but not limited to:
- Health status
- Travel habits
After evaluating these issues, we can provide you with the information you need to decide on the immunization program that best protects your pet.
Core Vaccines vs. Non-Core Vaccines
There are two general groups of vaccines to consider: core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines protect against diseases that are more serious or potentially fatal. These are diseases found in all areas of North America and more easily transmitted than non-core diseases.
Core vaccines include but are not limited to:
Non-core vaccines are ideal for those pets at risk of infection due to lifestyle. Some non-core vaccines include:
- Kennel cough
- Canine Influenza
- Lyme disease
How Often Should Pets Be Vaccinated?
The frequency of vaccines will depend on a number of factors, including the type of pet you have. For example, you should make sure that your dog completes the initial series of core vaccines administered at the puppy stage, as well as booster shots at one year of age. Following the one-year boosters, it's recommended that the distemper, adenovirus, and parvovirus core vaccines be administered once every three years.
Additionally, some vaccination schedules are regulated by local and state law. States and municipalities govern how often rabies boosters are administered. In Pennsylvania, a three-year effective rabies booster is adequate.
Non-core vaccines should be administered whenever the risk of disease is significant. For example, the kennel cough vaccine should be administered once every year or once every six months. If your pet boards a lot or goes to doggie daycare, you may consider vaccinating for kennel cough every six months.
Vaccines Are Part of an Ideal Pet Wellness Program
Vaccinations can be administered during routine wellness exams. Vaccine reactions are generally nonexistent. However, if your pet does have a reaction which may include swelling or local pain, call your veterinarian immediately. Most reactions will occur soon after the vaccination.
Although some of your pet’s vaccines are administered every three years, this does not mean you should skip your pet’s yearly wellness exam. Routine wellness exams provide the opportunity for your veterinarian to detect and prevent problems at an early stage. Visit our Preventative Care page to learn more.
To schedule a routine wellness exam for your pet, or to make an appointment for pet vaccinations in Quakertown, contact us at (215) 515-8810 for small animals or (215) 515-6909 for large animals today.
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