TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso sees many animals that need medical treatment. We also see many who are brought in for routine checkups and pet vaccinations. What frustrates Dr. Vicki Dashley and her staff the most is when an animal is brought in and can't be saved because it has contracted a disease that could have easily been prevented with an immunization from a veterinarian.
Why Are Pet Vaccinations Needed?
There are many diseases that face pets that can be devastating. Some of these diseases such as parvovirus and heartworm can end your pet's life before it has barely begun. There is no cure for such diseases. There are, however, preventive measures that can be taken. Your veterinarian can give them vaccinations that will help their body develop a barrier that can fight these diseases if your pet becomes exposed. In the case of rabies, you will need to get regular boosters throughout your pet's life but many pet vaccinations are given when your pet is young, usually with a booster once later in life. Prevention is much easier on both you and your pet rather than the consequences of being exposed to one of these diseases.
When Should A Pet Get the Vaccines?
In most cases, once your pet is six to eight weeks old, it is recommended that you consult your vet to set up a vaccination schedule. Dr. Vicki Dashley and her staff will be more than willing to set up a schedule that works best. The rabies shot is normally given with one shot now and one booster, then your pet will need boosters every one or every three years, depending on which type of shot they are given. Talk with your veterinarian about the different pet vaccinations available and when it’s best to get them. The staff will give you a written schedule if you ask and may even be willing to send reminders when it is time.
Keep Them Safe
We know that you love your pets as if they were family members. If they are young, you can be almost positive they have not yet had their vaccinations. Making an appointment with Dr. Vicki Dashley at the TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso can get your new pet on the road to a long, healthy life. If you have a new pet that is older and you’re unsure as to their current vaccination standing, it’s best to at least schedule a rabies shot to make sure they stay protected. If your furry friend needs their shots call our animal hospital at (915) 592-6200.