Vaccines

Furry family members mean almost as much to you as their human counterparts – if not just as much. Why wouldn’t you, therefore, give them all the same tools to live long, stay strong and experience maximum health?

Of course you would, and vaccines are an inescapable part of any pet health plan. They help animals fight disease before it takes hold, and keep pet populations as a whole safe from infection. 

Cat getting a vaccine

How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines administer a very low dose of a pathogen to a pet, so that their immune system can “learn” to fight it. When a virus or bacteria enters the animal’s body for the first time, they will not possess an immunity, but introducing the disease prompts their system to manufacture antibodies to help fight it, explains the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Those antibodies then live in their bloodstream from then on, so should they encounter that pathogen in real life, full-strength, they will already have the tools to fight it.

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

At South Bay Veterinary Care we strive to provide the best care for your pets. Which is why we recommend getting your pets vaccinated. Vaccines for dogs include canine parvovirus, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, rabies, and bordetella. Vaccines for cats include feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, feline rhinotracheitis and rabies. We highly recommend having cats tested for FeLV/FIV and vaccinated if the test is negative. We at South Bay Veterinary Care have implicated a policy that all animals must be up to date on their vaccines or be willing to have their vaccines updated in order for services to be provided. This policy is in the best interest of your pets, our staff, and the publics safety. 

Are There Side Effects to Vaccinating?

Usually, no. Vaccines are safe and well-vetted, and we’ve been using the same ones on dogs and cats for years. At most, pets may experience a bit of mild fever or discomfort associated with the low dose of the disease they’ve received. In rare cases, however, you may notice a serious allergic reaction: itching and swelling of the skin and face, vomiting and diarrhea, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of this, please seek veterinary assistance right away.

Want to learn more about vaccinating today? Feel free to get in touch with us at 310-323-9555!

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