The Importance of Pet Vaccines from Our Montrose Veterinary Clinic
Montrose Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer effective and affordable Houston pet vaccinations for dogs and cats throughout the year. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so we invite you to learn a bit more about pet vaccines and why they are so important for your pet's health.
How Pet Vaccines Work
Pet vaccines protect your cat or dog from harmful organisms, bacteria, and viruses. They trigger your pet's immune system response and produce antibodies which help fight against infections in the future. This means that if your pet comes in contact with an organism for which she has been vaccinated against, she'll be far less likely to fall ill.
In addition to preventing your animal from getting sick, pet vaccines can:
- Help you avoid expensive and stressful treatment for preventable pet illnesses
- Help you stay in accordance with many local, state, and/or national laws which can mandate certain pet vaccinations
- Reduce the spread of infections and diseases which can be passed between animals and even from animals to humans
Cats & Dogs Need Different Vaccinations at Different Stages of Life
Pet vaccines are highly effective provided that they are given in the right dosage, at the right time, and at the right stage of life. Young puppies and kittens need special care when it comes to providing vaccinations. This is because their immune system is not fully developed yet, so they need time to adjust to the immunizations before receiving the full effective amount (it's why they require booster shots that can be spread out over several weeks or months).
The Pet Vaccines We Offer At Our Houston Veterinary Clinic
The exact type of pet vaccines your cat or dog will need also depends on her breed and lifestyle as well as where you live. Here are the vaccinations we offer at our Houston veterinary clinic:
- "Core" or essential dog vaccines including rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis
- "Non-core" or lifestyle-dependent dog vaccines including Lyme disease, infectious bronchitis, and bacterial blood infections
- "Core" or essential cat vaccines including rabies, distemper, herpes virus, calicivirus
- "Non-core" or lifestyle-dependent cat vaccines including chlamydophila, leukemia virus, and ringworm
Call Our Veterinary Team Today!
Do you have questions about pet vaccinations in Houston? Our veterinary team can help guide you in choosing the right vaccines for your cat or dog. Call our team today at (713) 524-3814 to schedule an appointment.