At Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, NY, 11953, we strongly believe in preventative veterinary medicine. That's why we recommend regular wellness checkups for all of our pet patients and make a variety of vaccinations a part of every one of those checkups. Having your pet vaccinated is the best way you can ensure their safety from a wide range of dangerous and deadly diseases.
Veterinarian Explains How Vaccines Work
When our veterinarian gives your pet a vaccination to prevent a certain disease, the vaccine causes a chemical reaction in your pet's body. This reaction creates immunity in your pet's bloodstream that allows it to fight off the germs of that disease. This immunity doesn't last a lifetime; you'll have to bring your pet back on a regular basis for booster shots. But as long as their vaccinations are current, your dog or cat will be safe from the most deadly of pet diseases.
When to Vaccinate Your Pet
When puppies and kittens are born, they receive immunity from their mothers and continue to receive it as long as they nurse. When pets are weaned, they begin to lose this immunity. This is why we recommend you bring in your new pet for their first set of vaccines at about eight weeks of age. This will be the first of a series of juvenile vaccinations the combine to create full immunity in your pet's body. The series takes three or four visits and will create full immunity for your pet's first year.
After your pet reaches one year of age, they will need booster shots on a regular basis. Some vaccines, like that for rabies, should be administered every year. Others, depending on the vaccine, are only needed every three years.
Types of Vaccines
Pet vaccines come in two basic varieties: non-core and core. The core vaccines are those that every single animal will receive on a regular basis. These include vaccinations for such diseases as rabies, distemper, and feline leukemia. We'll always check to make sure these vaccinations are up-to-date whenever your pet visits our office.
Non-core vaccines are a different story. They're only offered for pets that need them due to their environment or lifestyle. If your dog spends a lot of time in wooded areas, we may advise vaccinating them against Lyme disease. Animals that spend time in dog parks or boarded in kennels need to be vaccinated for Bordetella, or kennel cough.
Contact Our Middle Island Office
Every pet needs to be vaccinated against the disease and that starts with a pet wellness examination. If you're in the 11953 area, give Wooded Acres Animal Hospital a call at (631) 205-0512, and we'll schedule a convenient veterinary appointment today.