Why Should I Vaccinate My Pet?

posted: by: Deerfield Animal Hospital Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Pet owners in San Antonio, are you asking yourself, "Why should I vaccinate my pet?"

  • Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections in pets. 
  • Millions of dog & cat lives have been saved through vaccines.
  • Vaccines are safe and well-tolerated by most pets.
  • Vaccines help your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life!
Vaccinations are highly important while pets are still a puppy or kitten, when their young immune systems are developing and need protection to stay healthy. Keeping your pet up to date as they age on their annual or scheduled vaccines is vital to their health, the health of all pets and even the people in our San Antonio community.

During an appointment, our veterinarians will provide you with vaccine education, discuss the scheduling of booster shots (if necessary for puppies and kittens) and discuss the need to return annually or on a set schedule. 
Our veterinarians will discuss with you your pet's history, lifestyle and other factors like prevalence of disease in San Antonio (location/ where you go like dog parks, where you travel, etc...) and determine a proper vaccination guideline and schedule.

Vaccines required/recommended for majority of dogs (not all-inclusive, varying factors change recommendations)
  • Rabies
  • Rabies is required by state law.
  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella “Kennel Cough” (we require dogs boarding with us be current on Bordetella vaccine)
  • Canine Flu
Vaccines required/recommended for majority of cats (not all-inclusive, varying factors change recommendations)
  • Rabies
  • Rabies is required by state law.
  • Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP) "Distemper”
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Feline IV (FIV)
  • Bordetella “Kennel Cough” (we require cats boarding with us be current on Bordetella vaccine)