When most people think of vaccines and vaccinations they think of their children. However, pet vaccinations are just as important to pets as human vaccinations are to humans. If you have questions or concerns about pet vaccinations, Dr. Jean Fromm, serving Grand Junction, CO, is here to help answer those questions and concerns. Keep reading to learn more about this important subject.
Why Are Pet Vaccinations So Important?
Animals are susceptible to a vast array of diseases which humans rarely encounter. Some of these diseases are far more prevalent than others. For the diseases which target almost all animals, core vaccines have been developed. A core vaccine is a vaccine which all pets should receive, no matter where they live. The main two core vaccines are Rabies and Distemper. Both of these vaccines are vital to your pet’s health and life. Animals can be exposed to both of these diseases very quickly and both can prove deadly.
There are also vaccines available which are considered non-core vaccines. These are vaccines which are given based on your pets’ risk of infection. Non-core vaccines usually include Lyme disease and Leptospirosis for dogs and Feline Leukemia for cats. These are the common non-core vaccines. There are many others which your veterinarian can discuss with you. Evaluating your pets’ particular lifestyle will help your vet determine which vaccines are appropriate.
What Questions Should I Ask My Vet?
It is likely that you will have many questions concerning anything that is going to be administered to your pet. Useful questions to consider include:
- How often should my pet receive a vaccine?
- What are the possible side effects of the vaccine?
- Will my pet feel pain during the vaccine?
- What should I do if my pet has an adverse reaction?
What If My Pet Has an Adverse Reaction?
Adverse reactions do sometimes happen when it comes to vaccines. There are some vaccines which you may be able to avoid all together if your pet is at low risk for contracting a certain disease. If your vet determines that the risk of reaction is greater than the risk of the disease itself, it may be recommended to eliminate that vaccine from your pet’s regimen. If your pet experiences an adverse reaction, or a reaction which you are not comfortable with, you can take your pet to our animal hospital. There, our vet can determine if the reaction was indeed a reaction to the shots. Be sure to tell us exactly which shots your pet has recently had. Keeping good records will be essential to making sure your pet is well cared for.
If you would like to learn more about vaccines, please contact Dr. Jean Fromm, serving Grand Junction CO. Our number is (970) 434-0811.