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Newborn pets receive antibodies and nutrients through their placenta and from their mother’s milk. When nursing stops, pets become more susceptible to illnesses due to their immune systems do not have the same support they once did. As part of a preventative care routine, pet vaccinations can help protect your pet from life-threatening diseases.
For most pets, routine vaccinations start around the age of 6 to 8 weeks old and continue regularly throughout adulthood. Some vaccinations are even combined into a single syringe so a pet experiences fewer injections. After being vaccinated, most young pets take about 5 days to build protective antibodies with complete protection taking place after 14 days. Some vaccines require multiple dosages given over a short period of time, and most require booster shots every 12 months to 3 years. Pets who have been vaccinated have an advantage over those who have not. When a disease is detected, your vaccinated pet’s immune system quickly responds, decreasing severity of the illness or preventing it altogether. While it is rare, some pets do not develop immunity from their vaccinations and still become ill. If your pet has been vaccinated, is current on all of their booster shots, and has never shown signs of illness or disease, it has likely been successfully vaccinated.
Pet owners should note that vaccinations are preventative, not curative. A vaccination will prevent an illness, but if your pet is already suffering from a disease, a vaccine will not cure them.
Core and non-core pet vaccinations:
There are several pet vaccinations that are necessary for all pets and others that are recommended under special circumstances, depending on their lifestyle or geographical location. Core vaccinations are those that are highly recommended for all pets, and non-core vaccinations include those that are only administered to pets considered to be “at-risk.” Your pet should be vaccinated according to their risk of exposure. We will show you the best options for your pet.