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Vaccinations: A Must to Protect Your Pet

Vaccines will protect your pet against contagious diseases that threaten his health. If you live in the Medford area or surrounding communities, you can bring your dog or cat to Medford Animal Hospital for the vaccines he needs. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor pet, vaccinations are essential to his health. You never know when your pet will be exposed to a deadly disease that can shorten his lifespan.  

Why Vaccines Matter

Vaccines trigger your pet’s immune system to produce anti-bodies against diseases that pose a risk to his health. If your pet’s exposed to these diseases, his immune system will be able to fight them off, protecting his life and health. Some vaccines prevent your pet from getting sick. Others reduce the severity of the disease to protect his health.

Vaccinations can save your pet from pain and suffering and you from having to pay costly treatments for diseases that could easily have been prevented. When you vaccinate your pet, you also protect yourself against diseases that can be passed on to you by your pet.

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccines to protect them from disease as their immune systems are still developing. Once your puppy or kitty is weaned, he no longer has the protection from his mother’s milk. Your Medford vet will start vaccines when your pet is 6 weeks old. He’ll then receive additional vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until he reaches 16 weeks old. After that, he can be put on a regular vaccination schedule.

Core and Non-Core Vaccinations

Core vaccinations protect your pet from diseases that pose the greatest risk to his health, such as rabies, distemper and parvovirus. Non-core vaccines are given according to your pet’s individual need. Your Medford veterinary specialist will tailor your pet’s vaccination schedule to provide optimum protection over the years. As your pet ages, his vaccination schedule may change to provide better protection during his senior years.

Bring Your Pet to Medford Animal Hospital for Vaccinations

To schedule an appointment to vaccinate your dog or cat, contact your veterinary specialist at Medford Animal Hospital at 541-772-2222 today.