Most Common Questions About Vaccinations

Most Common Questions About Vaccinations

As a responsible pet owner, it's crucial to prioritize your cat or dog’s health and well-being. One essential aspect of pet care is ensuring he or she receives the proper vaccinations. At Silicon Valley Pet Clinic & Urgent Care in Santa Clara and San Jose, CA, we provide vaccines to prevent various diseases that can affect your pet’s health and improve its wellness. Before you visit us, take a look at some of the most common questions about vaccinations below:

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are injections containing weakened or killed forms of specific pathogens. When injected into your pet's body, these vaccines stimulate its immune system to produce antibodies that fight off the pathogens. This process effectively builds immunity and protects your pet from developing the associated diseases.

Why are vaccinations important?

Vaccinations are crucial for preventing potentially deadly diseases in pets. By providing immunity against these diseases, vaccinations protect pets from suffering and reduce the risk of transmission to other animals and humans.

What vaccines does my pet need?

The vaccines your pet needs depend on various factors, such as its species, age, lifestyle, and environment. Common vaccines for dogs include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus, while common vaccines for cats include rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.

How often does my pet need vaccinations?

Most pets require a series of vaccinations during their first year of life to establish immunity. Afterward, they will need booster shots at regular intervals for protection. Our veterinarian will create a vaccination schedule tailored to your pet's needs, which may include annual or triennial boosters.

Are vaccinations safe?

Vaccinations are generally safe for pets. Like any medical intervention, there can be potential side effects like soreness at the injection site or mild fever that are usually temporary. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks of contracting preventable diseases.

Contact us for an Appointment Today

To learn more about vaccinations or to schedule your visit, contact Silicon Valley Pet Clinic & Urgent Care in Santa Clara and San Jose, CA, at (408) 248-3844 today. We are happy to provide you with additional information and set you up with an appointment. When you need a veterinarian near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!


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