Check Ups and Shots Maintain
Your Pet’s Good Health
The series of pet vaccinations are usually scheduled 3-4 weeks apart to narrow the gaps between protections and help ensure your pet’s health. Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor offers vaccinations for your small pets, as well as other services such as bird care, pet boarding, animal surgery and pet dermatology.
Although most pets respond well to vaccines there are some risks of adverse reactions. The most common reactions, if any, are short-term mild fever, sluggishness, reduced appetite and slight swelling at the vaccination site.
Our Palm Harbor veterinarian should be consulted immediately if your animal experiences more serious reactions such as repeated vomiting, itching, swelling of the face and legs, diarrhea and difficulty breathing. You should remember that while pet vaccines are not without risk, typically the risk is greater when your pet is not vaccinated against deadly diseases.
Pet Vaccinations Help Protect
Pets from Disease
Animal vaccines are defined as health products that trigger protective immune responses in your pet’s body to fight off future infections and diseases. They can lessen the severity of diseases and specific vaccines may prevent them. There are a variety of vaccines available for pets.
Our Palm Harbor veterinarian will examine your pet, analyze their environment and decide which vaccinations they will benefit from. There are many different factors to take into consideration when making a decision on what types of vaccines are best for your particular pet. At our animal hospital our veterinarian and his veterinary staff will take into consideration where you live, if you travel with your pet, access to other animals and the general health of your pet before they design a pet vaccination program.
Vaccines for pets are separated into categories:
There are “Core” vaccines and “non-core” vaccines.
The core vaccines are recommended for most pets that live in a particular geographic area. Core vaccines are commonly administered at our vet clinic. Non-core vaccines are reserved for animals with unique needs or susceptibilities.
Our Palm Harbor veterinarian will recommend a vaccination schedule that he feels will suite your pet’s general health needs. In our vet clinic we also provide booster vaccinations for your pets. Our animal hospital’s veterinary staff will make sure you are aware of when your pet is due for their booster vaccine so that you can make sure that they are protected at all times. When taking advantage of our pet boarding service your animal is required to be vaccinated and current on their vaccinations.