FAQ: Vaccinations

Our veterinarians are passionate about keeping pets healthy and preventing them from getting sick, and we believe the vaccinations are an imperative part of your pet's wellness plan. Cat vaccinations and dog vaccinations are an important and cost effective way of preventing so much suffering and death! To learn more, read through our FAQ.

Questions about Cat and Dog Vaccinations

What are dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations?

Our veterinarians in Austin, TX injects a serum under your pet’s skin. The serum contains inactive or dead components of a harmful virus or bacteria. The components injected cannot sicken your pet, but they do spur the immune system to produces antibodies designed to kill that specific infection. This will give your pet temporary immunity from the disease.

Why does my cat or dog need pet vaccinations?

The pathogens we immunize against are rampant in nature, and your pet is likely to come into contact with them by just sniffing infected droppings. Some of these diseases can even spread to humans (e.g. rabies). Cat vaccinations and dog vaccinations can prevent suffering and death.

What pet vaccinations does my pet need?

There are two categories of pet vaccinations: core and non-core. Core vaccinations are considered absolutely necessary to protect your pet against the most contagious and fatal diseases. Core cat vaccinations include feline distemper, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis and rabies. Core dog vaccinations include canine distemper, parvovirus and rabies. Non-core vaccines are given only if your pet needs them. For example, pets being boarded need to have a bi-annual bordetella (“kennel cough”) shot. Other non-core vaccinations may also be needed if your pet frequents beaches, dog parks, or travels with you.

I have a new puppy/kitten—what vaccinations does he/she need?

Puppies and kittens should start their core vaccination series at 8 weeks, with boosters every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks. Periodic boosters will be needed throughout your pet’s life at different intervals.

Are any pet vaccines required by law?

Yes, rabies is a requirement throughout America and most parts of the world. Our veterinarian in Austin, TX provides a certificate and new rabies shot tags for your cat or dog’s collar at each booster shot.

How often does my pet need to get shots?

It depends on the vaccine, but most core vaccines need to be repeated annually. Some rabies vaccines last for up to 3 years, but bordetella shots only last six months.

Do dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations have any side effects?

The vast majority of pets suffer no side effects from vaccines, yet these vaccinations have saved millions of animal and human lives over the last century. The most common side effects we see are swelling at the shot site and occasionally a low-grade fever. Should you notice any symptoms like this after a vaccination, just call us. Whatever happens, never skip your pet’s vaccines; the diseases are far more dangerous than the potential and rare side effects!

If we missed your question, talk directly with our veterinarians in Austin, TX at (512) 339-3177!


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