Keeping Your Pet in Good Health with
Firestone Animal Hospital
Just like humans, your pets can receive a vaccine to protect them from diseases that compromise their quality of life. Making the annual visit to Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey and staying current with your pets' vaccination schedules can keep your favorite companions happy and healthy. Discover why it's important to provide this necessary service for your cats and dogs.
A vaccine's main purpose is to prepare the immune system for future complications from outside sources that cause infection or disease. Vaccines significantly decrease the likelihood that your pets contract the deadly diseases they protect against.
Why Vaccines Are Important
Pets are naturally curious creatures that explore the world around them without fear. While their adventurous side is something we love, it also puts them at risk for contracting dangerous diseases. Your pets should begin a vaccine schedule as early as six to eight weeks of age when their immune system isn't fully developed yet. There is some concern for pet owners regarding the safety of vaccines, but generally speaking, they are safe. The most common side effect is feeling drowsy or having a reduced appetite for a day or two, but the small amount of discomfort is worth the protection they provide against life-threatening illnesses.
When to Vaccinate
As mentioned earlier, vaccines should begin with puppies and kittens around six to eight weeks of age and continue until they reach about 16 to 20 weeks old. After that, depending on the vaccines your pets received, they will come back for boosters either every year or every few years. Discussing your pet's plan with a veterinarian is always the best way to go because every pet is different, and their vaccination schedule may be different as well. Pet vaccines are broken down into two categories:
- Core Vaccines - These are recommended for all pets to give protection against the deadliest and most communicable diseases pets can contract.
- Non-Core Vaccines - These are vaccines that are given to pets based on specific pets' lifestyles or locations.
Make an Appointment with Our Downey, CA, Veterinarian Today
Here at Firestone Animal, we carefully consider your pets' overall health and make a full commitment to provide a vaccination schedule that meets their needs. If you have a new puppy or kitten or an older pet that is overdue for a vaccine, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. Give our office a call today to get started!