As a pet owner, you want to do everything you can to ensure your pet is happy and healthy and will be around for years to come. Along with making sure your cat or dog gets enough exercise, it's also important your pet receives the proper nutrition. One more thing that is absolutely essential when it comes to the health of your dog or cat is pet vaccinations. As part of our preventive care plan for your pet, our veterinarian at Acacia Pet Clinic in San Jose, CA provides the recommended vaccinations.
Our Animal Hospital in San Jose Provides Pet Vaccinations
Getting your pet vaccinated at our animal hospital will help protect Fido and Fluffy from getting diseases that are common for pets. Because vaccines contain antigens, they prepare your pet's immune system to fight off disease-causing organisms.
Vaccines are broken down into different groups including core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are those that a vet highly recommends due to the severity of the disease. Non-core vaccinations are optional and may only be necessary for certain situations.
Our veterinarian will set up a vaccination schedule for your pet and help you determine which vaccinations your dog or cat needs. It's important to note that both kittens and puppies need vaccinations at different stages, which helps to protect their still-developing immune system.
Core vaccines for dogs include:
- Canine hepatitis
Non-core vaccines include Bordetella bronchiseptica (causes kennel cough), Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria. If your dog is at risk for getting these diseases, our vet will recommend that your dog get these vaccinations.
Puppies should get their first set of shots between 6 and 8 weeks of age. They will also need another round at 10 to 12 weeks and 14 to 16 weeks. Dogs should get their first rabies shot before they are 24 weeks old, a rabies booster at 12 to 16 months, and then every 1 to 3 years after that depending on the laws in your community.
Core vaccines for cats include:
- Feline distemper
- Feline rhinotracheitis
- Feline calicivirus
Non-core vaccinations for cats include Feline AIDS, Feline infectious peritonitis, Chlamydophila felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.
Kittens should get first vaccinations between 6 and 8 weeks of age. They need another round at 10 to 12 weeks and again at 14 to 16 weeks. Our vet may also recommend a rabies vaccination at 14 to 16 weeks and another at one year of age.
Contact Our Acacia Pet Clinic in San Jose, CA Today!
If you live in San Jose, CA, and your pet is in need of vaccinations, contact Acacia Pet Clinic at 408-264-6354 to schedule your pet's appointment.