Pet Vaccinations: Keeping Your Furry Friends Healthy and Happy

Taking care of young animals is a bit like looking after kids—there’s always something to keep them safe and smiling. Getting your pet vaccinated is super important and not too pricey, but it really helps keep them healthy. Vaccinations don’t just protect against dangerous diseases; they also stop illnesses that animals can pick up from the wild and even pass on to us. Giving these shots to puppies and kittens is crucial while their immune systems are still growing.

Now, every medical thing has its risks, but with vaccinations, the good stuff definitely outweighs any little side effects that might pop up.

Recommend Vaccines

When it comes to which shots your pet needs, there are some must-haves called ‘core’ vaccines that most pets should get:

  • Rabies (for both dogs and cats)
  • DA2PPV (Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza) for dogs
  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) for cats

There are also extra shots that aren’t mandatory but are smart to consider. Cats might need vaccines for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia), while dogs might benefit from bordetella and canine flu shots if they hang out a lot with other pups. And if your dog loves exploring the outdoors, especially in the Dane County area where Lyme disease is common, a Lyme disease vaccine might be a good idea. Plus, there’s Leptospirosis, which can be serious for dogs and even pass to humans, so it’s often recommended.

Indoor Pets Need Vaccines, Too

Remember, even if your pet stays mostly indoors, they still need these shots to stay safe. Our Big Creek Animal Hospital team is here to help figure out which vaccines are best for your pet based on their age, health, and what they get up to.

At Big Creek Animal Hospital, we’re all about making sure your pet stays healthy and happy with the right vaccinations, so they can live their best life full of energy and fun!

Schedule An Appointment for Your Pet Today

Your Big Creek Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 470-839-9700.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Big creek animal hospital has the MOST compassionate veterinary staff I have ever come across. Not only were they fantastic in working with me financially but also just extremely understanding and caring during a very difficult time. Take your animals here. You won’t regret it.

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What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.