Clearwater Animal Clinic

Vaccinations are crucial for the health and well-being of our beloved pets. These preventive measures help protect animals from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. By stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies against specific viruses and bacteria, vaccines effectively reduce the risk of infection. Before visiting Clearwater Animal Hospital in Clearwater, FL, continue reading to learn more about vaccinations!


Types of Vaccines

Pet vaccines can be divided into two basic categories: core and one-core vaccines. Our veterinarian recommends that your pet receives all core vaccines, as they offer protection against serious diseases that can lead to death.

  • Core vaccines for dogs include rabies, distemper, canine parvovirus, and hepatitis.
  • Core vaccines for cats include rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus, and herpesvirus.

Non-core vaccines are “elective” vaccinations that you may choose to give your pet if he’s at risk of being exposed to a particular disease due to his location or lifestyle. If you live in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent, for example, and your pup enjoys romps in the woods where these ticks breed, it would be wise to vaccinate your pet against this disease.

Our Clearwater vet can help you decide what non-core vaccines are best for your pet to ensure he’s fully protected against diseases that are common where you live. We’ll also personalize a vaccination schedule for your furry friend to keep his protection up to date.  

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Baby pets need a series of vaccines to protect them against diseases after being weaned from their mother’s milk. These vaccines can start when your puppy or kitten is 6-8 weeks old and continue every 3-4 weeks until he reaches 18-20 weeks of age. After that, we can create a vaccination schedule suited to your pet’s healthcare needs.

Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Pets, like people, are susceptible to contracting diseases that can seriously impair their health or lead to their early demise. Some diseases, like rabies, have no cure, but they can be prevented by having your pet vaccinated. Vaccines can protect your pet’s health and wellness throughout its life and may even extend its lifespan.

As many pet diseases can be passed onto people and other pets, vaccinating your pet can keep you and your loved ones safe as well as protect other pets your furry friend comes into contact with. Even indoor pets are at risk of getting sick and can benefit from the protection vaccines can provide.

See Our Clearwater, FL, Veterinarian to Vaccinate Your Pet

To schedule an appointment with your Clearwater vet for pet vaccinations, contact Clearwater Animal Clinic, Clearwater, FL, at (727) 584-1151.



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