Every loving pet owner wants their four-legged friend to live a long, happy, disease-free life. One of the best ways to make that happen is with pet vaccinations. There are more than a dozen viruses and diseases that can affect dogs and cats, but with pet vaccinations, many of these illnesses can be prevented.
Here at Emergency Pet Hospital of Orlando, we offer a variety of vaccines to meet the lifestyle needs of all of our patients. We recommend that vaccines be included with every pet’s preventive wellness plan. Consider the following list of FAQs to learn more about the importance of pet vaccinations.
How Do Pet Vaccines Work?
Pet vaccines work the same way that human vaccines work. They help strengthen the immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies against certain disease-causing organisms. This stimulation occurs as the vaccine mimics a virus or disease in the body. As a result, if a pet is ever exposed to the real virus or disease, its body will be more prepared to fight it off.
Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?
There are two types of vaccines available for pets: core and non-core. Core vaccines are recommended for all pets/breeds while non-core vaccines are recommended only for pets with a high risk of exposure. For example, if you have a dog that may come in contact with other dogs, the Bordetella vaccine may be recommended, since this is a contagious disease. We can assess your pet’s lifestyle at your next visit to determine if any non-core vaccines are recommended with the core vaccines.
What Core Vaccines Do You Recommend?
The following is a list of some of the core pet vaccines we recommend:
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine distemper
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine parainfluenza
- Canine influenza (H3N2 strain)
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline rhinotracheitis
We recommend that dog owners bring in their pets to be vaccinated for much-needed protection against the canine influenza virus (CIV). This virus has two primary strains, H3N2 and H3N8, and we can vaccinate pets for both. Canine flu symptoms include persistent coughing, nasal and ocular discharge, sneezing, lethargy, and fever. If your pet goes to daycare, boarding, visits the groomer or spends time at the dog park, they should receive this vaccine.
How Often Does My Pet Need to Be Vaccinated?
The protection that the antibodies offer diminishes over time, so your pet’s vaccines will need to be updated every 1-3 years. We will customize a vaccination schedule to meet your pet’s specific needs during the wellness exam. Call us at (407) 298-3805 to schedule an appointment.