Pet Vaccinations at Heritage Veterinary Hospital
In addition to our outstanding health care, we at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in Creve Coeur are proud to provide a myriad of general pet health and wellness services, including preventative pet care. Preventative pet care is an essential component of pet health and wellness. It includes ensuring a pet is on the right diet, flea and tick prevention, getting the right amount of exercise for healthy muscle development, and ensuring the pet is on the correct vaccination schedule.
Why Vaccinations Are Important
Also referred to as inoculations and immunizations, vaccinations are the act of introducing a vaccine into the body. A vaccine uses a killed or weakened version of the microbe that causes a virus or disease. It essentially trains the body's immune system to protect against a living version of the microbe. This helps prevent pets from ever getting the virus and reduces the severity of the illness if they still catch it.
Vaccinations are necessary because certain viruses can cause severe issues and complications in your pet when left untreated. Some viruses left in the system for too long can eventually become untreatable. Not only do you vaccinate to protect your pet, but you also vaccinate to protect all other pets. When your pet is vaccinated, you help prevent a virus from being spread and potentially killing someone else's pet.
How Often Does A Pet Need to Be Vaccinated?
Some types of vaccinations happen only once during a pet's lifetime, like booster vaccinations. Other vaccinations must be done on an annual vaccination schedule or once every two or three years. Additionally, what type and how many vaccinations are needed for your pet depends on your pet's species (dogs need more vaccinations than cats) and what region you are in or your pet's lifestyle.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines
Core vaccines for dogs include rabies shots, vaccines for distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Core vaccines for cats include protection against rabies, feline distemper, feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus. There are other vaccinations available for cats and dogs that may be recommended depending on your pet's circumstances. We offer non-core vaccines that protect against parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, leukemia, and canine influenza.
Contact Us for Vet Care from Our Veterinarians in Creve Coeur
We at Heritage Veterinary Hospital know how much you care for your pet. That's why our veterinarians are passionate about finding the best health care for your animal. If you live in Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, or the surrounding areas, contact us today to see how we can help you and your animal. We will find the right vaccination treatment for your pet. Contact our animal clinic to see what shots your pet may need.