Veterinarians Provide La Mesa Pet Vaccinations for Healthy Pets
As animal lovers and pet owners, we all want to do what is best for our pet’s health. Our La Mesa veterinary hospital vaccinations from reputable distributors are essential to protecting your pet against preventable illnesses. At University Pet Hospital in La Mesa, we provide routine vaccinations for cats and dogs, including rabies vaccination.
Protect Your Pet’s Health with Rabies Vaccination from Our Veterinarians
If you have a new kitten or puppy in the family, a visit to our animal vet clinic is essential so we can promptly begin the pet vaccination series. When puppies and kittens are first born, they receive natural protection against illnesses through their mother’s milk. Once they are weaned, however, young pets are at risk for contracting potentially life-threatening diseases from other pets. With their weak immune systems, a visit to the community dog park can turn fatal if your puppy is not protected against standard illnesses.
Starting from the age of six to eight weeks, our animal hospital veterinarian will begin administering a series of vaccinations. Because the immune system of young kittens and puppies is still developing, these vaccinations will require booster shots to maintain their protection until 16 weeks of age.
Our animal hospital provides the following canine vaccines: Rabies, DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus), Coronavirus and Bordetella (also known as kennel cough). We provide the following feline vaccines: Rabies, FVRCPC (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia), FELV (for Leukemia) and FIV (for feline AIDS). Under California law, dogs are required to receive rabies vaccination; cats are not although our veterinarians strongly recommend that they receive the vaccine. Many of these vaccines require annual boosters to remain effective. Our animal hospital staff will carefully track your pet’s vaccination record to be sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations.
Just like in humans, extremely rare cases of life-threatening reactions and even death have resulted due to pet vaccinations. However, the vast majority of pets do not have an adverse reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include fever, vomiting, shaking, facial swelling and hives. If you suspect your pet is suffering from an adverse reaction, immediately contact the animal vet clinic and bring your pet in for emergency care. If your pet negatively reacts to a vaccine, your pet may not be a good candidate for re-vaccination.
Our veterinarians, Dr. Wilcox, Dr. Hackman and Dr. Deo strongly believes that routine vaccinations are essential to the health of your pet. In fact, vaccinations routinely save the lives of thousands of pets every year. Until the development of these vaccines both dogs and cats routinely died from distemper and upper respiratory infections. Vaccines not only protect the health of your pet, but as a pet owner, vaccines save you from spending a significant amount of money on emergency care at veterinary hospitals.
In addition to standard vaccinations, dental care, grooming, veterinary dermatology and wellness exams are an important part of our preventive veterinary care program. Our on-staff dog groomer will keep your pet looking and feeling his or her best. Our veterinarians can also show you the best way for cleaning dogs teeth at home or answer any questions you may have about preventive pet care.
Keep your pet safe with standard vaccinations, including rabies vaccination from our La Mesa pet hospital.
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