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5 Most Asked Orting Pet Vaccination Questions

National Immunization Awareness Month is here and, like us humans, our furry family members need to stay current on their vaccines. Vaccination is the best way to prevent your pets from contracting harmful diseases. Without taking these precautions, your pet is at risk of having serious health complications. You’re not just protecting your animals, though. Vaccinating your pets protects you and those around you from contracting diseases from your furry friends, too. Taking care of a new pet can seem daunting, but we’ve answered the top 5 questions asked about Orting pet immunizations.

How Do Pet Immunizations Work?

Vaccinations for animals, like those for people, are tested for safety before being approved for use. Vaccines stimulate the immune system's response to viral or bacterial disease, causing it to create specific antibodies. Because of this, your pet’s body is prepared to fight off the disease in the future.

What Diseases Are My Pets Susceptible To?

Puppies and kittens require different vaccinations because they get different diseases. Common illnesses your pets are susceptible to depend on their species. Here are some of the most common diseases pets are vaccinated against.

Diseases in Dogs: 

  • Kennel Cough
  • Lyme Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvo
  • Heartworms
  • Leptospirosis
  • Distemper
  • Rabies

Diseases in Cats:

How Often Should I Vaccinate My Pets?

Vaccinations for cats and dogs usually begin at around 8 weeks pf age. Once your pet is an adult, boosters are typically administered at your pet’s yearly visit or every three years, depending on the vaccine. Talk to your vet about when your pet should be boosted.

Will There Be Side Effects?

Most pets have mild side effects or none at all. Some things your pet may experience can include:

  • Discomfort where injection occurred
  • Swelling
  • Decreased appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Sneezing or coughing (after intranasal vaccine)

These side effects usually only last a couple of days. If you notice any severe side effects such as signs of an allergic reaction, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, severe swelling or collapsing, contact your veterinarian.

Where Can I Get My Pet Vaccinated in Orting?

If your pet needs to be vaccinated in Orting, schedule your appointment with a Orting Animal Hospital veterinarian today.


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