Vaccines and Your Pet
Your pets are members of your family and they depend on you for everything. Pet ownership comes with many responsibilities. You provide your pets with food, love, a warm and dry home, and routine veterinary care. Vaccines are an important part of routine care for every pet. At Amigo Animal Hospital we look forward to providing your pets with the compassionate care that they deserve. We serve the cities of Westminster, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, and the surrounding communities.
California Laws and Vaccines
The only vaccine that is required by the law in California is rabies. If your dog is more than three months old, it is required to have a rabies vaccination. An exemption may be allowed if your pet is seriously ill but it is only allowed under very specific conditions. Rabies is a serious illness that can affect both you and your pet and it is important to get this vaccine.
Vaccines protect your dog from a variety of diseases some of which are deadly. There are two types of vaccines, core vaccines and non-core or lifestyle vaccines. Core vaccines are the ones that almost every dog should get and the lifestyle vaccines will depend on the needs of your dog.
Core vaccines include rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and canine parainfluenza. Canine distemper and parvovirus are usually combined and the first administration can be as early as six weeks. At 10-12 weeks all four may be combined. These vaccines require boosters and these will be administered on a schedule determined by your veterinary care professional.
Lifestyle vaccines include bordetella which is required by most boarding facilities if you plan to leave your dog. Leptospira is a bacteria usually caused by contaminated standing water. Lyme disease vaccinations are recommended for dogs who will be outdoors in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent. Canine influenza vaccines offer protection for dogs who frequent dog parks, doggie daycare, and grooming facilities.
Four core cat vaccines are suggested for cats rabies, panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, and feline viral rhinotracheitis. The last three are often combined into a vaccine called a distemper shot. The feline leukemia vaccine is vital for any cat who will spend time outdoors.
Protect Your Pet With Vaccinations
Your pets are counting on you and at Amigo Animal Hospital we are here to help. If you live in the Westminster, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, or the surrounding area, call us today at 714-894-5558 to make an appointment. If you have questions about the types of vaccines that are the best for your pet or any other questions about veterinary care, call us today and we’ll be happy to help.