Vaccinations from Our Veterinarian in Bakersfield, CA
If like most loving pet owners, you care deeply about protecting your pet from the various types of harm he faces throughout his life. Some of that harm acts on the microscopic level, in the form of infectious diseases that can cause severe illness or even death. Your pet's immune system won't be ready to fight these threats if it has never encountered them before. That's why you need to immunize your pet against those microorganisms by scheduling vaccinations from our veterinarian in Bakersfield, CA, Dr. Sidhu.
The Protective Role of Pet Vaccinations
Pet vaccinations play the same role in keeping animals healthy that human vaccinations do for the rest of us. By administering a vaccine -- an inert substance that closely resembles an active disease germ -- into the body, we trigger your pet's immune system to generate antibodies that will fight and destroy the actual germs when and if they ever invade. This gives your pet the necessary immune protection without actually exposing him to the potentially-deadly disease itself.
Core and Non-Core Vaccinations Throughout Your Pet's Life
Some diseases are so commonplace and so hazardous to animals' health. that our Bakersfield veterinarian routinely prescribes vaccinations against them for all pets. These are called core vaccinations, and they vary somewhat from species to species. Both dogs and cats require rabies vaccinations, for instance, but dogs also receive core vaccinations against parvovirus, canine hepatitis, and canine distemper. Other core vaccinations for cats include those with feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, and feline calicivirus.
Some pets may also benefit from specific non-core (elective) vaccinations. If your pet spends lots of time around other pets, for example, we may recommend vaccinations against Bordetella or feline leukemia. Lyme disease vaccinations may be valuable for pets exposed to tick-infested areas.
Your pet's vaccination regimen will vary depending on his stage of life. For puppies and kittens, multiple rounds of vaccinations during the first year are the norm. This routine establishes a firm foundation of protection. (Antibodies received through their mother's milk can only protect them until they weaned.) During the adult years, these vaccines may wear off at different times, generally within 1 to 3 years. We then administer booster shots for each vaccine as needed to keep your pet safe. At the same time, it's important to avoid over-vaccinating your pet, which might set off too extreme an immune reaction. We will create a schedule of vaccinations and booster shots for your pet's specific needs so you'll always know when it's time to bring your pet in for the next shot.
Call Our Bakersfield Veterinarian Today
In addition to administering those all-important core vaccinations on a safe, appropriate schedule, we can help you decide whether your pet should have any particular elective vaccinations. We can even advise you on nutritional and lifestyle practices to strengthen your pet's resistance to other diseases.
Call our Bakersfield veterinarian at (661) 665-8950 today!