Pet owners know the importance of preventative care for their furry companions. One of the most essential aspects of preventing disease and illnesses is making sure your pet gets the appropriate vaccinations. Making sure that your pet is current on his vaccination schedule can help him live a longer and healthier life. Dr. Gill at South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel provides these veterinary services as part of your pet's overall healthcare plan.
What Vaccines Should My Pet Receive?
Vaccines for pets are broken down into two categories: Core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are considered to be necessary and critical to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Non-core vaccines typically depend on your pet's current health and lifestyle. Our veterinarian will discuss what vaccines your pet needs.
Core vaccines for dogs:
- canine parvovirus
- canine hepatitis
Core vaccines for cats:
- feline distemper
- feline calicivirus
Why Are Vaccines Important for Pets?
Vaccines protect pets throughout their life because they prevent deadly illnesses from spreading. It is imperative to begin a vaccination schedule for new puppies and kittens who do not have a fully developed immune system. You should expect new pets to start receiving their vaccinations around 6-8 weeks of age. After your pet's first year of life, boosters are given every 1-3 years, depending on the type of vaccination. Even if your pet has missed a scheduled vaccination, our veterinarian will help your pet get back on track.
The majority of pets will respond positively to vaccines. Most veterinary professionals agree that vaccinations are one of the best ways to keep your pets healthy. There are typically just minor side effects like sluggishness or tenderness around the injection site. Before any vaccination is given to your pet, our veterinarian will discuss what you should expect and any risks involved.
How Our Veterinarian Helps with Vaccines
No two pets are alike, so we work closely with pet owners to ensure the vaccination schedule is tailored to their pet’s needs. If you have more than one pet, each animal could have different vaccination needs, but we are here to make vaccinating your pets easy for you.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Laguna Niguel, CA
Dr. Gill and our team at South Coast Veterinary Hospital are committed to providing a wide range of quality veterinary services in the Laguna Niguel area. We are here to provide the quality care your furry friend needs if you are a new pet owner or new to the area. Call our team today at (949) 249-7777 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.