Pet Vaccinations for Disease Prevention
Every loving pet owner wants their four-legged friend to be healthy. One of the best ways to make this happen is with vaccinations. Vaccines help protect pets from illnesses, which is why we recommend that they be included with all of our canine and feline patients’ wellness regimens. Pet vaccinations are just one of the many preventive services we offer here at Veterinary Clinic of Lubbock.
How Do Pet Vaccines Work?
A vaccine is a substance that mimics a certain illness with comparable bacteria to the real illness. Once a vaccine is introduced to the body, it stimulates the immune system to create antibodies, which destroy or weaken disease-causing organisms. If a pet is ever exposed to the actual virus or bacteria that was in the vaccine, its body will be more prepared to fight it off, due to the antibodies.
How Long Do Pet Vaccines Last?
Pet vaccines typically last one to three years (depending on the type of vaccine), since the antibodies they create wear off over time. This is why they need to be updated regularly. We can customize a vaccination schedule for your pet during the annual wellness exams. This schedule can include core and non-core vaccines.
What’s the Difference Between Core and Non-Core Vaccines
Core pet vaccines are those that are considered essential for a pet’s health. They protect against viruses that have the potential to be very serious, fatal, and/or passed on to humans, such as rabies. Core vaccines are typically recommended for all dogs and cats, regardless of lifestyle. Non-core vaccines are those that are recommended, only if a pet’s risk of exposure is high.
The following are some of the core and non-core pet vaccines that we provide here at Veterinary Clinic of Lubbock:
- Rabies virus (core)
- Canine parvovirus (core)
- Canine distemper virus (core)
- Canine Bordetella virus (non-core)
- Feline calici virus (core)
- Feline panleukopenia (distemper) virus (core)
- Feline leukemia virus (non-core)
Have questions about which pet vaccines are recommended for YOUR pet? Give us a call at (806) 792-8387 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to help.