pet-vaccine-needleThe main reason to vaccinate is for prevention. The cost to treat pets who are diagnosed with diseases such as Rabies, Parvo, Feline Leukemia, etc., versus the cost to vaccinate is huge! The risk associated with your pet contracting one of these sometimes fatal diseases is another important reason to vaccinate your pet.

Keeping your pet indoors does not prevent these diseases from spreading. Fleas and ticks can easily be brought indoors on your clothing, spreading the disease to your canine or feline friends. Small rodents such as field mice can also bring diseases into your home.

What vaccines does my pet need?

The answer varies based on your pet’s health and if they go outdoors (including cats), or frequent kennels or dog parks. The only vaccination currently required by Pennsylvania law is the Rabies vaccination. Cats and Dogs over the age of three months are required to be vaccinated, whether they leave your house or not.

Other vaccinations that we recommend, but are not required, include:

  • Dapp-l, Lyme, and Bordetella for dogs
  • FVRCP and Feline Leukemia for cats

What can I expect after my pet gets vaccinated?

Common symptoms include:

  • Discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site
  • Mild fever (normal temp for dogs is between 101-102.5, for felines between 100-102.5)
  • Decreased appetite and activity
  • Sneezing, mild coughing, “snotty nose,” or other respiratory signs may occur up to 5 days after your pet receives an intranasal vaccine

Serious symptoms requiring immediate veterinary care:

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Itchy or bumpy skin
  • Swelling of the muzzle and around the face, neck, or eyes
  • Severe coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Collapse

If your pet experiences any of the above serious symptoms, please call us right away.

All vaccinations are based on your veterinarian’s recommendation depending on your pet’s health and environmental surroundings. It is important that we know if your pet is experiencing any signs of illness prior to a vaccine appointment, such as vomiting, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, or skin rashes of any kind.

Have questions, or need to schedule an appointment for your pet’s vaccinations? Call us today at (717) 957-3991! 

Learn more about vaccines and what we may recommend here.