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Importance of Vaccines

Understanding the Importance of Pet Vaccines in El Paso

Dr. Vicki Dashley is an experienced veterinarian serving at TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX. Most veterinary experts agree that vaccines are a vital part of overall pet wellness. More specifically, they prevent diseases and illnesses that can complicate your pet's life. Here are a few important reasons why they should be included in your pet's health plan.

Why Get Your Pet Vaccinated?

In many states across the country, pet vaccines are required. As cats and dogs are naturally curious creatures, they are prone to pick up contagious diseases. Starting a vaccination schedule early in life (around six to eight weeks) is recommended because your pet's immune system isn't mature yet. Following a series of vaccines during the first few weeks, your pet then receives boosters every one to three years, depending on the type of vaccine.

Importance of Different Vaccines

Pet vaccinations are typically broken down into two categories: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are vital for all pets, while non-core vaccines depend on lifestyle and habits that could potentially put your pet at risk.

  • Core vaccines for dogs include distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and rabies.
  • Core vaccines for cats can include feline calicivirus, feline distemper, and rabies.

The benefits of pet vaccinations far outweigh any risk involved in their use. Your pet may have some minor side effects like fatigue or reduced appetite for a day, but he will be back to normal relatively quickly. Your best bet is to make an appointment with a veterinarian if you're unsure what vaccines your pet should receive and when.

Make an Appointment with TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX

Dr. Vicki Dashley would love to meet with your pet to discuss their needed vaccines to stay healthy. Your pets deserve the best care possible, and staying current with their vaccines will keep them and other pets safe as well. Give us a call today to make an appointment for all your pet care needs in the El Paso, Texas area.


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