You know how important vaccines are for yourself and your family, but do you know how important they are for your pet? Our canine and feline companions are just as vulnerable to viral diseases as we are, and pet vaccinations provide them with the level of immunity they need to fight off harmful pathogens. Here at Wisdom Animal Clinic in Texarkana, we carry all the essential vaccines for dogs and cats to help them live their healthiest lives, and we’ll sit down with you and determine which ones will best meet your pet’s needs.
Pet Vaccines We Offer
It’s imperative that you start your cat or dog on their vaccinations as early in life as possible—preferably at 6-8 weeks of age. The vaccines we offer include:
- Rabies vaccine
- Distemper/parvo/leptospirosis/coronavirus (DHPPLC)
- Bordetella vaccine (protects against kennel cough)
- Rabies vaccine
- Feline distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia vaccine
The rabies and distemper vaccines are generally known as “core” vaccines because they’re an essential part of your pet’s annual wellness regimen. Bordetella, a vaccine for kennel cough, is only administered to dogs that will be boarding, visiting their groomer, or going to the dog park. We recommend feline leukemia for cats that spend time outdoors.
How Do Vaccines Work?
Just as they do with people, pet vaccinations contain antigens that, once injected, prompt a response from the immune system to attack the intruder. If your pet encounters the virus at a later time, their immune system should be well equipped and prepared to fight the virus and keep your pet protected.
Choosing the Right Vaccines for Your Pet
There are certain factors we need to consider before vaccinating your pet. During their wellness visit, we’ll conduct a nose-to-tail exam and talk to you about your pet’s home life. We want to know if they’re interacting with other animals, what their environment is like, how they’re behaving. Age, breed, size, and frequency of travel are also considered. Once we’ve covered these topics, we can determine which vaccines are most important for their health. This protocol may change over the years, which is why it’s crucial to schedule annual visits with your veterinarian. To get your pet up to date on their vaccinations, call our animal hospital in Texarkana at (903) 793-1193.