Pet vaccinations in the San Francisco area are no different than any other place in the country, except for the fact that San Francisco is a densely populated area, where animal diseases can spread easily. When considering vaccinating your pet, these facts are good to keep in mind:
- Vaccinations protect your pet from disease by injecting a modified bacteria, virus or parasite that triggers an immune response in the event your pet is exposed to that particular bacteria, virus or parasite.
- Vaccinations should be administered when your pet is six weeks old, when the mother’s milk begins to lose its immunity.
- Because each pet is different, their vaccination program should be tailored to meet their individual needs. An effective vaccination program will consider your pets particular breed, current age, overall health, daily environment, individual lifestyle, amount of travel and exposure to other pets.
- Booster shots should be given routinely to make sure vaccination levels remain high enough to continue to keep your pet protected.
- Proof of a pet’s rabies vaccination is mandatory in nearly every state. Rabies is a preventable disease that kills55,000 people worldwide annually.
- Some pets are too ill to be vaccinated, which is why a pet can be declared exempt from vaccinations.
- Like humans, some pets are susceptible to having a reaction to their vaccinations, as in a fever or something worse. Always discuss with your veterinarian the risks involved in vaccinating your pet.
- Vaccinations keep family members safe, as some pet illnesses can be transmitted to humans.
- There are two types of pet vaccinations: core and non-core. Core vaccinations are considered vital and are based on risk of exposure, severity of disease and/or transmissibility to humans. For dogs, core vaccinations include: distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus and rabies. For cats, core vaccinations include: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus, panleukopenia, feline leukemia virus and rabies. For pets who might spend a lot of time with other pets, non-core vaccinations are suggested as a way to protect your pet.
- After your pet’s vaccinations, he or she might experience one or more of the following reactions: redness, mild tenderness and/or swelling; decreased activity level; loss of appetite; low-grade fever; nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing or other upper respiratory symptoms. If any of these symptoms persist for over 24 hours, your veterinarian should be contacted while keeping in mind that tens of millions of pets are vaccinated each year without any complications.
As your pet’s owner, you are also its advocate. Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital is here to help you with all of your pet’s needs. Call us now!