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Posted on 02-22-2012

Our Animal Hospital Provides Vaccinations for San Diego Pets

Like people, dogs and cats are susceptible to illnesses, many of which can be prevented by vaccination. Top-priority or "core" vaccinations for dogs include parvovirus, canine distemper, adenovirus, and rabies. Optional vaccinations include those for bordetella ("kennel cough"), San Diego animal hospital advocates for pet vaccinationsleptospiosis, and Lyme disease, depending on your pet's environment. Cats need to be vaccinated against feline distemper (panleukopenia), rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. Rabies virus vaccinations are often given. Non-core (optional) vaccinations include those for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses. Our veterinarians will help you decide which vaccinations you pet should receive.  

In some cases, vaccinating your pet protects you too. Perhaps the most frightening example is the rabies virus. This fatal, brain-damaging infection spreads through the bite of an infected animal. Humans can contract rabies just as easily as cats or dogs, so if you are bitten by a rabid animal you must undergo a series of injections to protect yourself from the virus. Unfortunately, the only way to tell for sure whether an animal has rabies is through an autopsy.  

Bring Your Pet to Our Vet

The veterinarians at Rancho San Carlos Pet Clinic, Inc. will help you to decide which vaccinations your pet needs. We typically administer an initial series of the necessary vaccinations to puppies and kittens, starting at 6 - 9 weeks of age. Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs at 4 months of age. No vaccination remains potent forever, so your pet will need to be re-immunized at intervals throughout his or her life. Alternatively, a blood test can be run to determine when revaccination should be performed (not available for all vaccinations). When you bring your San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa or Santee pet to our animal hospital please bring along any vaccination records for your pet.  Let our skilled veterinarians protect your pet's health!

What special treat do you give your pet after they get their vaccinations?

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