Pet Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations From Breton Veterinary Hospital

At Breton Veterinary Hospital, we believe that the best way to treat your dog or cat is to make sure he's healthy all the time. Preventative veterinary care is the best type of medicine, in our eyes. That's why we recommend that all of our pet patients come in for a pet wellness exam on a regular basis. In our office, all of our patients are given a nose-to-tail exam, and that includes giving the vaccines they need for the coming year. There's no better way to help your pet to avoid contracting deadly diseases than staying up-to-date on her vaccinations.

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What Do Vaccines Do?

When we administer a vaccine for a certain disease, your pet's body will develop antibodies, creating an immunity that protects her from that disease. Rabies shots give her body immunity against contracting rabies, Lyme disease vaccines protect against your dog contracting the disease if bitten by the wrong tick, and so on. Immunity fails over time, so it's important for you to bring in your pet regularly for booster shots, usually once a year.

When Should I Vaccinate My Pet?

When puppies and kittens are born, they get immunity from disease through their mother's milk. Once pets are weaned, this immunity begins to wear off and they need another source to keep them healthy. We recommend that you bring in your new pet as early as possible, even as young as eight weeks old. We'll administer the first of a series of juvenile vaccinations. Puppies and kittens need their first vaccines in a series, usually three or four of them, that ends between four and six months of age. After the final vaccine, your young pet will be completely immunized against dangerous diseases.

Once your pet reaches one year of age, we'll give booster vaccines during her annual checkup. This annual addition will keep your pet's immunity strong and prevent an immunity gap during which he might get sick.

Types of Vaccines Administered in the Leonardtown Veterinary Office

Veterinarians administer two types of vaccines to pets: core and non-core. They're basically vaccines that every pet gets vs. vaccines that your pet will only get if she needs it. In our Leonardtown office, we offer both types of vaccine. When we first meet with you and your pet, our veterinarian will consult with you to find out about your pet's lifestyle. She'll use that information to determine which vaccines your pet needs. 

Contact Our Veterinary Office

If your pet hasn't had her vaccines in at least a year, it's time to get her caught up. Give our office a call at  (301) 475-7808 and we'll schedule an appointment today.


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