12545 Sheets Road
Rittman, OH 44270

330-925-4910

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Wadsworth, OH 44281

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Pet Vaccinations in Rittman

 

Pet Vaccinations: Protection from Viruses and Diseases

Keeping a pet healthy involves more than just bringing them to the vet once a year for a wellness exam. Vaccinations should be included in their preventive care plan, too, even if your pet spends most of their time indoors. Similar to parasite preventive medications, vaccines protect against a number of viruses and diseases, and in many states, certain vaccines—such as the rabies vaccine—are required by law. All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge can customize a vaccination schedule, based on your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle, to keep them healthy for a lifetime.

Medina Animal Hospital Vets near Medina

Our team is pleased to provide veterinary care for dogs, cats, pocket pets, and other exotics. In addition to providing care to the pets of the Medina area, our animal hospital in Wadsworth also provides care to the surrounding communities of Rittman, Sterling, and more.

How Do Pet Vaccines Work?

Just like human vaccines, pet vaccines expose your pet to a replica of a certain virus or disease using antigens, which then stimulates the body’s immune system to create antibodies. As a result, if your pet is ever exposed to the real disease/virus, their immune system will be already equipped to fight it. This is why it’s so important to keep your pet vaccinated on a regular basis. Some vaccines are effective for up to three years, while others need to be updated annually.

Core Vs. Non-Core Pet Vaccines

When it comes to pet vaccines, not all of them are necessary for all pets. Those that are considered essential are referred to as “core” vaccines. Those that are optional (based on exposure risk) are referred to as “non-core.” We offer both here at All Creatures. We’ll customize a vaccination plan to meet your pet’s specific needs, which may include just core vaccines or a combination of core and non-core. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, or in an area where they will/might come in contact with other animals, we’ll likely recommend both core and non-core vaccines.

The following is a list of core pet vaccines we offer for dogs and cats:

Canine Influenza

A recent outbreak of the canine influenza virus (CIV) has put many dogs at risk. Symptoms of canine flu include coughing, lethargy, fever, and discharge from the nose and eyes. This virus is very contagious and can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Here at All Creatures, we carry the bivalent flu vaccine, which is designed to protect dogs from the virus’s two distinct strains—H3N2 and H3N8. Following the first vaccination, a booster is required within three weeks. Dogs that are boarding, going to the groomer, visiting the dog park, or spending time in daycare will need this vaccine.

Let us know your questions about pet vaccines at your pet’s next wellness exam, or by calling 330-925-4910. We’ll be happy to help.

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