Yearly Cat And Dog Vaccines - The Best Defense For Your Pets
Vaccinations are the most important part of your pet’s yearly preventive care routine. By powering your pet’s immune system and revving up the body’s production of antibodies, vaccines help your dog or cat easily fight off many of the deadly diseases and infections that come their way.
At Hawthorne Animal Hospital, yearly vaccines are available to any patient, but they are also built into our Wellness Membership Program. While the shots pets receive at our veterinary clinic in Glen Carbon or Troy vary depending on their age, regular vaccines include:
- DHPP (includes prevention against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
- Lyme disease
- Fecal Check
- Kitten shots
- Fecal check
Why is Visiting a Pet Vaccination Clinic so Important?
One of the big reasons many pet owners give for not getting their pets vaccinated is that they keep them inside most of the time. But the moment your dog goes outside to use the bathroom on a rainy day or your cat needs to go in for boarding while you’re out of town, their risk of infection skyrockets. Just as scary, they can infect other pets—and even the people in your home!
For instance, if your dog goes on a walk and takes a sip from a standing puddle, they can be in danger of contracting leptospirosis, a life-threatening gastrointestinal disease. In turn, if they have an accident in the home and you come in contact with their urine, you’re now at risk of getting sick.
Pet vaccines are critical for a number of other reasons:
- In Madison County, rabies vaccines for dogs and cats are required by law.
- Most kennels and grooming facilities require pets to be vaccinated, especially for Bordetella—a respiratory condition that can travel quickly in confined spaces.
- Puppy shots and kitten shots should be administered by a pet clinic by the time the pet is 18 weeks old as their immune systems aren’t yet fully developed.
- Vaccines can prevent many illnesses that are expensive to treat. A parvo vaccine, for instance, costs around $15. If your pet becomes infected with the disease, treatment can run into the thousands.
Preventative Care for Pets at Home
In addition to providing vaccinations at our vet clinic, Hawthorne also offers an on-site and online pharmacy. You can conveniently purchase your pet’s monthly flea and heartworm prevention, and order prescription pet food through the online pharmacy, as recommended by your veterinarian. Orders can be picked up at our office or delivered right to your home. Our pharmacy technician is also available during office hours to answer any questions about your pet’s prescription.
To schedule a first-time exam and vaccinations with our veterinarians or to get your pet’s yearly check-up on the calendar at either or Glen Carbon or Troy vet clinic, contact us today at 618-288-3971.