You love your animal, and they’re a part of your family. Just as you would make sure to offer quality preventative care to your children, you want to give it to your dog or cat as well. Here at Short Pump Animal Hospital, serving Glen Allen, Richmond, and the West End areas, we want to help you do just that. Short Pump Animal Hospital carries a comprehensive line of vaccinations to help your dog or cat live a healthy life from puppy- or kittenhood, all the way to their golden years. For pet vaccinations, look no further than our compassionate, experienced and respected vet clinic.
What Are Vaccinations For?
Diseases affect animals as well as humans. While vaccinations can’t prevent everything, they can offer considerable protection against a variety of viruses and bacteria. A vaccination is a very small dose of a partially denatured or dead virus or bacteria so that the animal’s immune system can learn to fight that particular pathogen before they experience a full-scale assault from a real infection.
Core vaccines are the inoculations that dogs have to have in order to be safe and often are required to legally own a dog. For instance, rabies is both a core vaccine and a state requirement. Non-core vaccinations include those that you don’t have to have either by law or because the covered disease is so common, but might want to consider because of dangers in your particular area.
Why Is It Important to Vaccinate Your Dog or Cat at Different Life Stages?
Puppies and kittens have different needs than older animals and are more sensitive to disease due to their less developed immune systems. Plus, many vaccinations require more than one round to be effective, so you have to start your animals at the right stage so you can administer the correct courses throughout life.
What Vaccines Do We Offer?
We offer a full line of vaccines for both dogs and cats. The core vaccines or dogs include canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus (CAV) and rabies, and some lists include leptospirosis as well. The core vaccines for cats are feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV1), feline calicivirus (FCV), feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), feline leukemia virus (FeLV - kittens) and rabies. Depending on your animal’s specific living situation, we may recommend others as well.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Glen Allen to Vaccinate Your Pet Today
The particular dangers that affect your animal will depend on species, breed, age, and location. Vets are trained to understand the important vaccines for dogs and cats in general, as well as for dogs and cats at every life stage and animals in our specific area. Give your trusted friends here at Shot Pump a call at (804) 360-0100 or request an appointment through our website, and our friendly team will get your animal in for a consultation and round of vaccinations to ensure they’re projected for life.