Pet Vaccinations Provided By Our Solana Beach, CA Veterinarians
Vaccinations are a part of preventative care at our animal hospital. We encourage our families with cats and dogs to vaccinate their pets to prevent potentially life-threatening conditions. Moreover, in this state, all dog owners must have their pooch vaccinated against rabies once they reach four months of age and must receive boosters every three years. At Academy Animal Hospital, serving Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Cardiff, CA, we help our families protect their pets and adhere to state regulations.
The core vaccines for cats include panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline herpesvirus type I, rabies, and feline calicivirus. Although none of them are mandatory in California, they protect your pet from serious health issues. You may also want to get your cat vaccinated for feline leukemia virus depending on your pet's lifestyle. During your pet's visit, we'll discuss his or her lifestyle and determine which vaccines he or she should have.
Core vaccinations for dogs include distemper, canine parvovirus, and canine hepatitis. By law, dogs must have a rabies vaccination and receive boosters every three years. We'll discuss your dog's risk and determine if he or she should receive the Bordetella bronchiseptica, Leptospira bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, and/or Influenza vaccine.
Our Solana Beach veterinarian will discuss the best course of action in regard to your pet's vaccine schedule. It depends on your pet's age, medical history, lifestyle, and environment when and what vaccines he or she needs. You can bring your cat in as early as eight weeks for his or her first round of vaccines. You can bring your dog in for vaccines as early as six weeks.
You'll need to bring your pet in every few weeks over the course of about two months for boosters after he or she receives the initial vaccines. Once your pet has all of these, you usually should bring your pet in every year to three years for boosters to keep the vaccinations active.
Vaccines and Side Effects
You may worry about the safety of vaccines for your pets. Most pets don't experience any side effects. Possible side effects vary based on the vaccination, but most often side effects are mild and include fatigue, fever and/or hives. Our veterinarians at Academy Animal Hospital screen your pet thoroughly to ensure the vaccines are safe for your pets. Exams are recommended annually for healthy adult pets and every 6 months for pets over the age of 9 years. Pets may rarely have life-threatening reactions to vaccines. In a majority of cases, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks, but our veterinarian is willing to help you make the decision.
Schedule an appointment with Academy Animal Hospital today
To schedule an appointment with our Solana Beach vets, call (858) 755-1511. We also serve pets and their families throughout Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, and Cardiff, CA.