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Pet vaccinations help pets avoid common illnesses and stay healthy. At Chatham Animal Hospital in Cary, we encourage all pet owners in the area to get their pets vaccinated and to keep up with the vaccination schedule. By getting your pet vaccinations and boosters at the right time, you can help your pet avoid illnesses and serious diseases.
When your pet is given a vaccination, this prompts your pet’s immune system to build up antibodies that will fight off common viruses and bacteria. There are many benefits to getting your pet vaccinated at a young age, including:
At Chatham Animal Hospital, we administer core and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccinations are vaccines that are given to all pets regardless of their lifestyle and habits. Non-core vaccinations are vaccines that are only given to pets who are at risk for specific illnesses. The rabies vaccine is a core vaccination administered to all pets. Feline distemper and canine distemper are also examples of core vaccinations. Lyme disease and Bordetella are examples of non-core vaccines that are only given to pets who are at risk for those types of illnesses.
As a pet owner, you’re not expected to remember the core vaccines or know which non-core vaccinations are right for your pet. We’ll recommend the right vaccinations to ensure that your pet is given all the necessary shots to stay healthy.
Your pet may be given his or her first vaccinations between the ages of 6 and 8 weeks of age. Pets are typically given many vaccinations in their first year. In subsequent years, your pet will need occasional booster shots to maintain complete immunity. We’ll tell you when your pet is due for shots and will help you track your pet’s vaccination schedule.
At your pet's Cary animal hospital, we help keep pets of the community healthy. By teaching pet owners about the benefits of vaccinations and by tracking pet vaccination schedules for our pet patients, we help make it possible for pets in the area to avoid serious illnesses. For more information about vaccinations or to get your pet vaccinated at a Cary animal hospital, contact us today!