Westside Animal Clinic Provides Vaccinations for Pets
Animal health experts know that vaccinations are among the most important ways to protect your pet’s health, preventing a number of diseases that can make pets sick and can even threaten their lives. Your veterinarian can advise you on which immunizations are needed based on your pet’s exposure to these diseases. At Westside Animal Clinic in Spring Hill, FL, we offer both core and non-core vaccines for pets.
Why Vaccinating Your Pet Is So Important
Your pet can pick up infectious diseases from contact with urine, feces, or respiratory fluids from other animals. Rabies can be contracted by a bite from an infected animal, such as wildlife or another pet. Your pet can be protected from these diseases simply by keeping their vaccinations updated. Vaccination also protects other animals, such as those who are too young to receive immunizations or animals that are too sick to be vaccinated. Vaccinating your pet helps protect the community against common animal-transmitted diseases, as well.
Vaccines are divided into “core” and "non-core” categories. “Core” vaccines are those all animals need. Additional “non-core” vaccines may also be needed depending on your pet’s risk of exposure.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs
The core vaccines for dogs include those against distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and rabies. Non-core vaccines include those for bordetella bronchiseptica, borrelia burdorferi, and leptospira. Your vet will advise you on whether or not your dog requires this additional protection.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines for Cats
The recommended core vaccines for felines include those against panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and rabies. Bordetella vaccine is generally required for cats that are boarded. Non-core vaccines are those against feline leukemia, chlamydofila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus. Our vet will be happy to answer any questions you have about whether your cat needs these additional immunizations.
Pet Vaccinations Are Safe and Effective
Pet owners sometimes have questions about the safety of pet vaccinations. These vaccines are carefully manufactured and undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe and effective for pets. If you have concerns about your pet and vaccines, discuss the matter with our vet for clarification.
Make Westside Veterinary Services Your Veterinarian in Spring Hill, FL
Our veterinarians and team at Westside Veterinary Services make quality veterinary care our first priority for our patients in Spring Hill and the surrounding communities. We offer a range of pet services, including wellness care, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, and emergency care. We also care for birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and small farm animals. Call Westside Veterinary Services today at (352) 683-1512 for an appointment to have your pet’s immunizations updated.