Vaccinating Principles

Vaccinations protect pets from and significantly reduce the severity of infection and disease. Vaccinating pets also protects owners from zoonotic diseases, which are diseases that are transferable from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases that commonly affect our pets include rabies and leptospirosis. The frequency and type of vaccines we administer depend on many factors, including the lifestyle of the pet being vaccinated (like if they are indoor and/or outdoor), travel, grooming and boarding habits, underlying disease (like immune-mediated diseases), pre-existing conditions and risk of exposure. Your Eastown veterinarian will work with you to determine which vaccines are necessary for your pet.

Vaccines work by introducing an antigen (a small piece or part of the disease) into the body to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies, the body’s defenders. If your pet is older than 4 months and has never had vaccines before, it will take two vaccinations given three to four weeks apart to build a strong enough army of antibodies to fight off that disease for one full year.

We administer vaccines to puppies and kittens every three to four weeks until they are four months old. After the initial vaccine series, vaccines are administered every one to three years, depending on the vaccine, to keep your pet’s immune system strong.

To schedule an appointment for vaccinations at Eastown Veterinary Clinic, or to check your pet’s vaccination status, give us a call at 616-649-1075 or contact us online.

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