Collar City Animal Hospital
499 2nd Avenue
Troy, New York 12182
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed
Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
A regular vaccination schedule is a good way to protect your pet from certain diseases.
WHAT ARE VACCINES?
Vaccines are designed to trigger immune responses in pets and builds up their immunity system against future attacks by infections and disease-causing agents. Vaccines can either lessen the severity of the disease or prevent it entirely.
Statistics prove that vaccinations can save your pet's life. In the last few years alone, millions of pets have been saved through the regular use of vaccinations. Through the use of vaccinations, some formerly common diseases such as distemper and even parvovirus are now less common.
DO VACCINATIONS ALWAYS WORK?
For most pets, vaccinations are effective and do prevent future disease. Sometimes, however, a vaccinated pet may not develop adequate immunity and might become ill.
ARE THERE RISKS?
Most pets respond well to vaccinations without any adverse side effects, but sometimes there may be a reaction. This is why we at Collar City Animal Hospital maintain a detailed history of your pet.
The most common reactions when they do occur are:
Subtle swelling at the site of vaccination
Although most adverse responses will resolve within a day or two, excessive pain, swelling, or listlessness should be discussed with Dr. Kimberly Linendoll.
Rare, but serious adverse responses occurs when one of the below symptoms occurs:
Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
Whole body itching
Swelling of the face or legs.
The foregoing signs may indicate an allergic reaction that can cause death.
Why Do Puppies And Kittens Require A Series Of Vaccinations?
Very young puppies and kittens are highly vulnerable to infectious illnesses. This is especially true as the natural immunity provided in their mothers' milk gradually wears off. To keep gaps in protection as narrow as possible and to provide optimal protection against disease for the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled, usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most puppies and kittens, the final vaccination in the series is administered when they are 12 to 16 weeks old.
Vaccinations play a very important role in your pet's long-term health and wellness plan. Vaccine's help prepare your pet's immune system to fight some very serious disease-causing organisms. Without vaccines your pet is vulnerable. At Collar City Animal Hospital we work with you to set up a safe and personalized schedule for your pet's vaccinations taking into full consideration age, medical history, environment, travel habits, and lifestyle in mind when it comes to their care.
Core Dog Vaccinations
DA2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) protects against some of the most severe diseases that a dog can be exposed to. The Rabies virus is fatal in all mammals, including humans, which is why it is a vital vaccination for your pets.
The Bordetella infection causes a severe upper respiratory infection and should not just be limited to dogs that visit boarding facilities or dog parks. It is an airborne exposure that poses a threat to all dogs.
Other dog vaccinations are available on a case-by-case basis.
• Lyme Disease
Core Cat Vaccinations
FVRCP (Feline Distemper Vaccine); this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Feline Leukemia is a viral infection that is spread through close contact, and FVRCP vaccine is generally only recommended for cats that go outdoors.
The rabies virus is fatal in all mammals, and is vital in both dogs and cats. A special vaccine to prevent rabies is used in cats to lessen the possibility of an adverse reaction.
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