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Keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date is extremely important. That’s why our animal hospital serving Winter Garden, Windermere and Ocoee offers pet vaccinations for dogs and cats. To learn more about how vaccinations can keep your pet healthy, please read these common questions and answers about pet vaccines.
Pet vaccines work the same way that human vaccines work. Your pet is inoculated with a dead or weakened form of the infectious disease. Then, your pet’s body makes antibodies against the illness, which helps prevent the disease or significantly shortens the severity and duration of the illness if your pet gets exposed.
Rabies vaccines are required by law for all dogs and cats. Rabies is a highly contagious, deadly disease that is spread through bites and deep scratches. The only treatment is prevention. Once symptoms appear, rabies always causes death.
Most puppies and kittens can be brought into our veterinary hospital in Winter Garden Animal Hospital as soon as they are weaned. If you are uncertain as to whether your pet is too young, you can call our office and speak to one of our staff members.
Our veterinarian offers help in creating a pet vaccinations schedule for your dog or cat. This is especially important if your pet is older or you recently adopted your pet from a shelter or rescue. In general, puppies and kittens need their initial shots between the ages of six and 16 weeks. Then, they need vaccination boosters every 12 months. Older dogs and cats do not need as many initial inoculations, but they do need yearly boosters in order to maintain their immunity. Our veterinarians can help you determine the best vaccination schedule for your pets.
Dog and cat vaccinations are put into two categories; core and non-core. Core vaccinations are recommended for every dog and cat, regardless of lifestyle. Non-core vaccinations are recommended for dogs and cats that are deemed high-risk for catching the infection. High-risk animals are generally dogs and cats that spend a lot of time outdoors or around other animals or kenneled.
Core dog vaccines include rabies, parvo, distemper and hepatitis. These are highly contagious, severe diseases.
Core cat vaccines include rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus and herpes. All cats should be inoculated against these serious and often fatal illnesses.
You can schedule an appointment with a Winter Garden Animal Hospital veterinarian for your pet’s annual vaccinations by calling our Winter Garden office today!