Vaccines FAQs

Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, NY understands how important your pets are to you and your family. You want to see your pets grow and thrive. You want them to be part of your life for many years to come. That is why it is so important for pet owners in the area to take pet vaccines seriously. These are a few frequently asked questions about pet vaccines.


What is a pet vaccine? 

A vaccine is a product that helps your pet develop temporary or lasting immunity to certain illnesses and conditions. They do this by introducing antibodies into the system of your pet that will help fight off and prevent the illnesses completely or, at the very least, lessen the severity of the condition.

Are there risks associated with vaccinations? 

Vaccine treatments help millions of animals each year avoid serious illnesses. There is no such thing as a risk-free medical procedure. Your veterinary clinic will work to minimize such risks by selecting vaccine treatments for your pet on an individual basis rather than using the same vaccines for all pets. Considerations are often made for age, frequency of vaccinations, and other health conditions. The goal is always to reduce the likelihood of adverse reactions.

Will there be side effects after a vaccine has been administered? 

Mild side effects are quite common once vaccines have been administered. They include things like:

  • Mild fever
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargy (reduced activity)
  • Runny noses
  • Some injection site discomfort.

These should cause no real concern if they persist a couple of days after the vaccination. However, you should contact your veterinary clinic if they continue well after the treatment or if the following symptoms arise:

  • Frequent diarrhea and/or vomiting.
  • Swelling around the face, neck, eyes, or muzzle.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Coughing.
  • Collapsing.
  • Itchy, bumpy skin (hives).

These could be signs of more serious adverse reactions so you should contact your veterinarian right away if they appear.

What are the core vaccinations for dogs? 

Dogs require a specific set of vaccinations as puppies to protect them while their immune systems develop. They include vaccinations for:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Para-influenza
  • Canine Adenovirus

Other vaccines dog owners may choose for their pets include vaccines to protect against Bordetella, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.

What are the core vaccinations for cats? 

Kittens and cats also have unique needs when it comes to vaccinations, requiring vaccinations for:

  • Rabies
  • Feline distemper
  • Herpes
  • Calicivirus
  • Chlamydia
  • Feline leukemia.

Call Wooded Acres Animal Hospital Today!

If you have more questions about vaccinations for your pet, feel free to contact Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, NY for answers.


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