The Importance of Vaccinations

At American Pet Hospital in Modesto, we want pet owners to understand the importance of vaccinations for their beloved pets. If you want your dog or cat to live a long and happy life, you must keep it immunized against the many common diseases that threaten it on a daily basis. A thorough and regular course of immunizations, administered by our experienced Modesto veterinarians, plays a huge role in your animal’s overall wellcare.

Protect Against Common But Deadly Diseases

While dogs and cats require different kinds of vaccines, in some cases they face a common enemy. Rabies, for instance, affects a wide range of mammals, including humans. This deadly virus, usually contracted through a bite from an infected animal, can cause behavioral changes, brain damage, and death. To make things worse, our Modesto veterinarian can often only confirm a diagnosis of rabies through an autopsy of a deceased animal. If you have not kept up a regular routine of rabies shots for your pet, you may also be at risk for contracting Rabies should your dog or cat become infected. Distemper is another easily preventable disease that can also affect both dogs and cats.

Other common diseases our Modesto animal hospital can protect your dog against include leptospirosis, Bordatella coronavirus (the cause of "kennel cough"), adenovirus, hepatitis, Lyme disease, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Cats require protection against feline viral rhinotrachetus, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia. Our veterinarian can advise you on which vaccines your pet must always have and which others may prove wise for your pet’s particular wellcare needs.

Most of the "core," or essential, vaccines should be given as soon as the puppy or kitten is old enough to receive them. Puppies and kittens typically receive their first set of immunizations at the age of 7 weeks. Rabies shots should begin at the age of 16 weeks. the immunity from vaccines has a limited lifespan, so boosters every 1-3 years are required to keep the immunity going. Cats require protection against feline viral rhinotrachetus, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia. Feline leukemia – unlike humans, feline leukemia is spread by a virus, and isn’t simply a cancer.

At your wellcare visit to our Modesto veterinary office, our veterinarian will discuss with you your pet’s lifestyle and history. We carry a variety of vaccines to cover different illnesses (and even rattlesnake bites!), but will pick and choose only the ones your pet needs. Instead of pushing every possible vaccine into your pet, we will set a schedule of those vaccines your pet realistically needs to maintain best health.

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