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Cincinnati Pet Vaccination Questions Answered by a Mariemont Veterinary Clinic Veterinarian

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National Immunization Month is in August, and vaccinations are the best defense against severe bacterial and viral infections in pets. When you vaccinate your pets, not only are you protecting your beloved companion. You’re also protecting anyone that may come in contact with your pet. It may seem difficult to know where to start, so the veterinarian at Mariemont Veterinary Clinic has answered some of the most-asked Cincinnati pet vaccination questions. 

How Does Immunizing My Pet Work?

Vaccinations help pets reduce their chance of catching diseases that are passed from one animal to another. Your pet's immunizations are secure and undergo quality control testing before being made available to vets for usage. The immune system’s production of antibodies targeting a particular disease is sparked by vaccination. The next time your pet is exposed, those antibodies will help their body fight against infection.

 

What Conditions Might Affect My Pet?

The vaccines your pet will need varies depending on a variety of factors. For example, dogs and cats will have different needs because different diseases affect them. Here are some of the most typical diseases against which cats and dogs are immunized.

Common Illnesses Spread to Dogs: 
  • Parvo
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Kennel Cough
  • Rabies
  • Heartworms
  • Distemper
  • Lyme Disease
Common Illnesses Spread to Cats:

 

When Should Immunizations Start?

At around 8 weeks, kittens and puppies start receiving their vaccinations. Once they reach adulthood, vaccinations are often given annually. When it's time to update your pet's immunizations, your veterinarian will be able to provide you with more information.

 

Is It Common For Pets To Have Side Effects?

Most likely, your pet will have moderate side effects. Common side effects after vaccinations include:

  • Mild fever
  • Swelling at injection site
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Discomfort at injection site

The typical duration of these minor side effects is two to three days. Contact your veterinarian right away if your pet starts to exhibit symptoms of serious side effects, such as an allergic response, diarrhea, vomiting, or other abrupt changes in behavior.

 

How Can I Get My Pet Vaccinated Near Cincinnati?

Call Mariemont Veterinary Clinic to schedule an appointment if you believe your pet needs vaccinations or if you suspect your pet may be in need of an appointment.

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