Vaccinations Eagle Rock

Vaccines are veterinary medical injections that help your pet’s immune system fight serious illnesses and diseases. Vaccines can help lessen the severity of some serious diseases and completely prevent certain some common deadly pet illnesses.

Affordable Animal Hospital is here to help protect your pet’s health with some of the best quality pet vaccines Los Angeles has available.

Why Is it Important To Vaccinate Your Pet?

Veterinary experts agree that the increasing use of pet vaccinations over the last century has saved the lives of countless animals.

Vaccinations have also made some common animal diseases a thing of the past. Our vet recommends that all pets be vaccinated to ensure they are fully protected from a wide variety of contagious and possibly deadly diseases.

If your cat or dog is outdoors and has not been vaccinated, it is very common for them to pick up an illness or disease from another animal around. We very much encourage pet owners to get their pets vaccinated to prevent illness or disease.

Affordable Animal Hospital provides both cat and dog vaccinations in Los Angeles that are both affordable and effective against disease and illness.

Why Is it Important To Vaccinate Your Pet?

When designing your pet’s individual vaccination schedule, our vet provides both “core” and “non-core” vaccines. The difference between the two is in the necessity of the specific type of vaccination.

Core vaccines are foundational to maintaining a pet’s health and recommended for all pets. Non-core vaccinations may be recommended depending on your pet’s unique health needs.

Core vaccines: rabies (all pets), feline panleukopenia (cats), feline viral rhinotracheitis (cats), feline calicivirus (cats), canine distemper (dogs), canine parvovirus (dogs) and canine hepatitis (dogs).

Non-core vaccines: feline leukemia (cats), canine kennel cough (dogs)

How Often Do Pets Need to Be Vaccinated?

After your pet’s first round of shots when they are young, our veterinarian recommends certain annual vaccinations. A cat or dog should get updated vaccine shots each year.

Our low-cost pet vaccines in Los Angeles are excellent at keeping your pet healthy, but they do not last a lifetime. Regular vaccinations are needed to keep your pet’s health at its best.

Vaccinations and Your Pet’s Lifestyle

The majority of pets we see are house pets, either dogs or cats that spend their lives indoors. Some pets spend time both indoors and outdoors. Indoor pets are usually only scheduled for the core vaccines as exposure to infections, illness and disease is limited.

Pets who spend time out-of-doors are more likely to be given non-core vaccines, as they are exposed to more risks. In spending time outside, pets can be at much greater risk of being exposed to certain infectious diseases. Your vet will take your pet’s lifestyle into consideration when planning a custom vaccination schedule.

Pet Vaccinations: Safer Than Ever

Even though vaccinations save the lives of millions of animals each year, as with any animal medical treatment, they involve a slight risk.

Fortunately, the science of animal vaccinations has advanced to the point that any serious adverse physical reactions happen only very rarely.

Our clinic works to reduce any risk associated with vaccinations and administers those your pet truly needs.

Do Indoor Pets Need to Be Vaccinated?

Yes! California law requires that all dogs have rabies vaccinations. The first rabies vaccine is given when a puppy is three months old, a second vaccination a year later, followed by a booster shot every three years thereafter.

Although most indoor pets, both dogs and cats, will not be regularly exposed to serious diseases, they can still develop illnesses that vaccinations protect against. When you vaccinate your indoor pet, you help them stay healthy, and avoid developing diseases that can be fatal. Talk to us about your concerns for your indoor pet with regard to vaccinations – we are here to help.

What to Expect After a Pet Vaccination

It is very common for pets to experience a few side effects after their vaccination. Be sure to monitor your pet’s health closely after their vaccination. If you see your pet experiencing any of the following side effects following their vaccination, contact your vet immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Breathing problems
  • Hives (itchy or bumpy skin
  • Swelling around the vaccination area

How Long Will Vaccines Need to Take Effect?

Pet vaccinations do not work immediately after injection. Vaccines take several days to become effective.

If your pet is going to be exposed to other animals or you plan to have them boarded, all vaccinations should be administered at least a week prior to exposure to other animals.

How Long Do Vaccines Last?

Even though veterinary vaccination science has come a long way, vaccines cannot last a lifetime.

Your pet’s vaccines continue to be effective for about one year. That means that your pets will need to be vaccinated each year throughout their lives.

What is Kennel Cough?

If you adopted your pet from a shelter, you’ve probably heard of the phrase “kennel cough.” This illness is caused by airborne viruses and bacteria that are, unfortunately, common in shelters and kennels.

Kennel cough is particularly contagious for dogs. The main vaccinations recommended for rescued animals will include:

  • Adenovirus
  • Bordetella
  • Parainfluenza

Contact our Affordable Vet: Reliable, Caring and Focused on Animal Health

Scheduling your pet’s vaccinations with Affordable Animal Hospital will go far toward keeping your pet happy and healthy for years. We are dedicated animal lovers and provide some of the best care while performing our services, such as our dog and cat vaccinations in Los Angeles.

Our veterinarian and staff treat you and your pet with the care and compassion you deserve. Make an appointment at our Eagle Rock vet clinic to ensure your pets are happy and healthy.

2 kittens after low cost pet vaccines Los Angeles

Vaccinations for Cats

Vaccines work to help your cat’s immune system ward off specific illnesses and diseases. Having your cat properly vaccinated is a vital step to take for pet health and happiness. As your cat ages, he or she will need certain booster shots to maintain protection.

Vaccines are categorized as either core vaccines or non-core vaccines.

What are Core Vaccines?

There are some vaccines ALL cats need to protect them from illness. Core vaccines are foundational in providing your cat with a solid health regime. These are the standard core vaccines administered to all cats:

  • Feline distemper
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline herpes virus type 1
  • Rabies

What are Non-Core Vaccines?

There are some vaccines that are necessary for outdoor cats. If your cat spends any time out-of-doors, the following vaccines are important to protect against health risks commonly found in the outdoor environment:

  • Bordetella
  • Chlamydophila felis (also known as C felis)
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus
  • Feline leukemia virus
two dogs after dog vaccinations in Los Angeles

Vaccinations for Dogs

Just like children, your puppy needs to be protected from disease and illness, and it starts when they are small. Adult dogs need booster shots to maintain protection. Vaccinations can help your pet live a healthier, longer life.
Vaccines address many viral and bacterial sicknesses, such as adenovirus, distemper, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. These common viral and bacterial issues can cause symptoms ranging from sneezing and coughing to very serious health conditions that can lead to death.

The Basic Vaccinations Your Dog Will Need

Some vaccinations are foundational to your dog’s good health. The following are the most important vaccinations your dog will need:

  • Bordetella: this vaccine helps reduce or prevent respiratory infections that may lead to pneumonia.
  • Distemper/parvo combination: this vaccine will fight several diseases that are often fatal.
  • Rabies: this vaccine will fight rabies, which is fatal for all mammals (including dogs and people), and is required under California state law.

Common Vaccinations Your Dog Will Need

Here are some other common vaccinations that will help keep your dog healthy in the years ahead:

  • Coronavirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza

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