Just like humans, pets need to get vaccinations. However, many people don’t know about this. Or, if they do, they are unsure how the process works. Westside Animal Hospital, with a veterinarian in Cincinnati, OH, is here to help. Here is what you need to know about pet vaccines.

Pet Vaccinations

How Do Vaccines Work? 

Vaccines essentially prepare the body to fight off a particular disease. They contain materials that can set off a reaction within the immune system that would happen if the actual disease got into the body. This way, the body builds up resistance to the germs without getting infected. Then, if your pet is exposed to the disease in the future, they already have the necessary defenses and can avoid major illness.

How Do I Get Pet Vaccines?

A veterinarian at our animal hospital can provide vaccines as part of your annual pet exam. This is part of why it is so important to bring your pet to the vet every year. Not only is this an opportunity to check for injury or illness, it is also a convenient way to get your pet’s necessary vaccines at the correct time in their development so make sure you make your appointments and go to each one. While your pet may not need vaccines at all of them, they will at some appointments.

Does My Pet Need All Available Vaccines?

While there are some that all pets need, other vaccinations will depend on the type of pet and their lifestyle. For example, there are some that are necessary for cats, but not for dogs. A veterinarian at our animal hospital will take that into consideration as they plan your pet’s vaccine schedule. Some vaccines are also only necessary for certain lifestyles. If your pet goes outdoors, they will need to be inoculated against certain things that won’t matter if they are indoor pets. A vet on our team will help you figure out what to do during your annual pet exam.

What if My Pet Isn’t Vaccinated?

While nobody can force you to get your pet vaccinated (unless the vaccines are required by law), they are an essential part of staying healthy. There are many diseases that can cause severe pain and even death for your pets. Vaccines prevent many of them from occurring. If you don’t get your pet vaccinated, you risk having them suffer from unnecessary illness and discomfort.

Get a Pet Exam and Pet Vaccinations from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital

Vaccinations can be essential part of keeping your pet healthy. If you haven’t started the vaccination process, a veterinarian on our team can help. We at Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, are here for your pet’s needs, including vaccinations and a potential pet exam from a veterinarian on our team. Call our office at (513) 574-5000