Protecting your pet from many common contagious diseases means they must be properly vaccinated against these specific illnesses. Vaccinations contain antigens, which trigger a mild immune response for specific disease states. If the pet encounters the actual disease later, their bodies are prepared to fight and can completely avoid, or greatly reduce the severity of the illness. There are many vaccines for various illnesses, and the experienced veterinarians at Walton Way Veterinary Clinic can educate you on which vaccines your precious pet may need, and when they need it.
Which vaccinations are required at Walton Way Veterinary Clinic?
For our canine clients, our practice provides vaccinations against rabies, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, and bordetella (“kennel cough”). Recommended vaccines for canines include canine influenza virus, and Lyme disease. For our feline friends we vaccinated against rabies, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, herpesvirus, panleukopenia, and FeLV.
What are vaccine titers?
Often, pets received booster shots on their vaccines according to the manufacturer’s label. The time frame according to the manufacturer may range from one to three years, depending on the illness it is protecting against. In recent years, veterinarians and pet owners alike have become concerned about the possibility of over-vaccination, or administering a vaccine when it is not necessarily needed. In these instances, a blood test known as a titer test can measure the amount of antibody your pet currently has to know whether they are still protected by the previous vaccination. The caring doctors at Walton Way Veterinary Clinic recommend titer testing any time there is a question of whether a pet is properly protected.
Vaccinations are one of the most important steps we can take to prevent our constant companions from becoming ill from many common illnesses. Whether you have a brand new puppy or kitten, or an older animal and are unsure of their vaccination status, call one of the friendly team members at Walton Way Veterinary Clinic at 706-733-2288.