The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

Anyone who owns a pet knows the importance of providing proper healthcare, which includes vaccinations. Residents of the Raleigh area trust Magnolia Animal Hospital as their affordable and professional animal clinic. Routine veterinary care and vaccinations can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

Pet Vaccinations Benefit Your Pet

Getting vaccinated throughout your pet’s different life stages helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases that can compromise his health and even lead to death. Not only does having your pet vaccinated to protect him, but it also reduces the chances of an infection spreading to humans and other pets.

Vaccination Schedules

A pet vaccination schedule can differ depending on the age, breed, and size of your pet. In early life, cats and dogs typically begin receiving vaccines around 8 weeks old and continue until about 20 weeks. Afterward, boosters are recommended every 1-3 years, depending on the vaccine type. If your pet misses a scheduled vaccine, our veterinarians can help get him back on track.

What Vaccines Are Needed?

Dogs and cats receive vaccines that are broken down into two categories; core and non-core. Core vaccines are vaccines that all dogs and cats should get, and non-core will depend on a pet’s lifestyle or medical conditions.

  • Core vaccines for dogs: Canine parvovirus, rabies, distemper, and canine hepatitis
  • Core vaccines for cats: Feline distemper, rabies, feline calicivirus, and feline herpesvirus

The safety of these vaccines is well-researched and most pets do not have adverse reactions. Generally, there is some tenderness around the injection site, but your cat or dog feels fine the next day. We can evaluate your pet's condition and make the necessary recommendations to keep your dog or cat safe.

Contact Magnolia Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC

Our veterinary clinic provides low cost animal care to ensure your pet stays protected from severe illnesses. Preventative measures like making sure your pet gets vaccinated will help him live a long and healthy life. Call our team at Magnolia Animal Hospital today at (919) 873-9190 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.