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Posted on 06-13-2017

Why is it Important to Vaccinate Your Pet?

Some pet owners mistakenly believe that as long as their furry friend stays indoors that they are protected from contagions such as fatal diseases and illnesses common amid cats and dogs. So, if you are one of the few who continues to wonder, “Why is it important to vaccinate your pet?” this post about the importance of pet vaccinations from the team at our animal hospital in San Jose is just for you.

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Core and Non-Core Pet Vaccinations for Cats and Dogs

We place an emphasis on core pet vaccinations for your furry friend here at our animal hospital in San Jose. These essential preventative injections can mean the difference between life and death for your pet. While not all contagions are fatal, certain common illnesses can cost you a pretty penny to treat such as parvovirus and certain diseases transmitted by fleas, ticks and bites from other animals both domestic and wild.

Cat Vaccinations: Concerning core vaccinations for cats, our veterinarian in San Jose recommends that you invest in those for rabies, feline herpevirus, feline clacivirus and feline panleukopenia, also known as distemper.

Dog Vaccinations: As usual, we recommend an annual rabies vaccination as well as injections that can help prevent canine adenovirus, canine parvovirus, canine parainfluenza virus, leptospira, and distemper. Non-core vaccines we advise include the borrelia burgdorferi vaccine for Lyme disease and the Bordetalla bronchiseptica vaccine that helps prevent kennel cough in pups that enjoy boarding and grooming services.

When to Schedule Pet Vaccines

It’s best to bring your puppy or kitten in for an examination and their core vaccines by the time they reach two months of age. Afterward, you’ll want to bring them in every month until they turn five months of age for booster shots for these valuable vaccines. Postmaturity, we only need to see your pet typically once a year for vaccine updates.

Looking for a Veterinarian in San Jose? Call Us Today!

Come visit our team at Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital in San Jose for vaccines, pet wellness exams, routine services and emergency care as needed. Call us at 408-972-2000 to schedule your no-obligation consultation visit today.

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