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If you're new to the world of pet ownership, you've probably heard and seen various reminders to get your new friend vaccinated. But what is vaccination all about, why is it so important, and what all is involved in this preventative wellness procedure? Our team at Westside Animal Hospital has prepared some answers to frequently asked questions about pet vaccinations in Casper WY -- and here they are!
Vaccinations are a method for providing pets and humans alike with critical immunity against deadly infectious diseases. While Casper pet vaccinations are considered part of any ordinary preventative wellness routine, the role they play in keeping your pet healthy cannot be understated.
Pet vaccines are modified, deactivated versions of specific disease organisms. While the infectious component of the substance no longer exists, the structure is still similar enough to "fool" the pet's immune system into thinking that the real thing has invaded the body. This triggers a strong immune response in which antibodies against that particular disease are produced, giving your pet long-lasting immunization against the actual disease.
Your pet's immune system can and does provide the necessary immune resistance -- but not until it has had an initial exposure to the disease, which can prove highly dangerous or even fatal. For delicate baby animals, developing such immunity the natural way simply poses too many hazards. Vaccinations can step in to facilitate the process safely.
All dogs and cats require certain essential vaccinations known as core vaccinations. We vaccinate all dogs against canine distemper, rabies, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and canine parvovirus. Our feline patients all receive vaccinations against rabies, feline distemper, and feline calicivirus. We can even provide horses with core vaccinations against West Nile Virus, tetanus, rabies and equine encephalitis.
In addition to the several rounds of vaccination administered to puppies and kittens, adult pets need occasional booster shots to prevent the protection from flagging. We can give you a vaccination update schedule so you can make sure to schedule these critical shots.
We may recommend certain elective ("non-core") vaccinations in Casper to protect pets whose lifestyle poses additional disease risks. Options include vaccination against Lyme disease, Bordetella, and canine influenza. We can help you determine whether such vaccinations are advisable for your pet.
If your pet has never received care at our clinic, what better way to start than by immunizing him against dangerous diseases? Call 307-472-5600 to schedule those Casper pet vaccinations today!