Vaccinations at Paradise Animal Hospital
Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring that your cats or dogs are protected against fatal illnesses and diseases by getting them the proper vaccines. Vaccinating your pets not only ensures their protection against contracting an illness, but it also prevents outbreaks and the transmission of diseases to other animals or even humans! At Paradise Animal Hospital of Augusta, GA, our veterinarians can provide your pets with the core vaccines they need, as well as a few optional ones, to ensure your pets stay healthy.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
The following vaccines are recommended for every dog. These vaccinations protect your dog against highly contagious and deadly diseases, and some are even mandated by law.
Optional Vaccines for Dogs
In addition to the core vaccines, there are a few additional ones that are available at your request. Our veterinarians may recommend these based on a variety of scenarios including your dog's environment, health, and lifestyle. For example, if your dog goes to daycare or is around other dogs often, such as at a dog park, it may be suggested to vaccinate against bordetella (kennel cough) and canine influenza, both of which are highly contagious illnesses.
Optional vaccines provided by our veterinary staff include:
• Bordetella (kennel cough)
• Lyme Dissease
• Canine Influenza
Core Vaccines for Cats
For your feline friends, core vaccinations protect your cat from contagious, and often deadly, diseases. Our veterinary staff can provide you with the following suggested core vaccinations:
• Feline Calicivirus
• Feline Herpesvirus Type-1
Optional Vaccines for Cats
Depending on your cat's lifestyle, our veterinarians may recommend additional vaccines to protect your pet against diseases that he may be more prone to come into contact with. For example, an outdoor cat can come into contact with any number of animals and should have vaccinations for feline leukemia. Paradise Animal Hospital can provide the following optional vaccinations for cats:
• Feline Leukemia
• Chlamydophila Felis
Possible side effects
With any vaccination, there is a chance that your dog or cat may experience side effects. While the likelihood of adverse reactions to a vaccine is very low, common reactions include soreness at the injection site and fever.
It’s best to schedule your pet’s vaccinations when you have the time to monitor your pet for a few hours following his exam. If you notice any of the following side effects, contact our office:
• Loss of appetite
• Facial swelling or hives
• Vomiting and/or diarrhea
• Pain, swelling, scabbing, hair loss, or redness around the vaccination site
• Difficulty breathing
Schedule your pet's annual vaccinations today with one of our veterinarians. Call Paradise Animal Hospital in Augusta, GA, at (706) 860-4544 for an appointment, and protect your dog or cat today.