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If you love your pets, it's only right and natural that you want to protect them from harm. Just as you would take any necessary steps to keep an outdoor dog or cat from being stolen away by thieves or attacked by wild animals, you want to help your pet's immune system defend against unwelcome microscopic invaders that cause deadly diseases. Pet vaccinations make this critical protection possible -- and here at Brekke Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarian in Castle Rock CO is more than happy to provide them.
As common as vaccinations are, you may not be familiar with exactly how these pet shots work. A vaccine is a medication made from an inert version of the actual germ you want to protect your pet against. This inert material still carries the distinctive markers that cause the immune system to react to it as a genuine danger. This triggers the production of antibodies that defend your pet in the event of future exposure to the actual disease organism. But even the most effective vaccines lose their potency at some point, which means that our vet in Castle Rock must also give your pet occasional booster shots to keep the protection strong.
There are many different kinds of vaccinations available, but which pet shots does your individual animal need? We provide two primary categories of pet vaccinations in Castle Rock: core and elective (or non-core). Core vaccinations are always recommended for puppies and kittens after the first few weeks of life, when they no longer have access to the antibodies they were getting from their mother's milk. Puppies and adult dogs need multiple rounds of core vaccinations against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza, which are often delivered together as a single shot, as well as protection against rabies. Kittens and adult cats need core vaccinations against rabies alongside a single injection that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.
Elective pet vaccinations in Castle Rock sometimes come into play for pets who face additional disease risks. For example your pets may benefit from protection against Bordetella, leptospirosis, canine influenza or feline leukemia if they spend time in boarding facilities or in close quarters with other animals. Our vet in Castle Rock may also recommend certain rattlesnake bite or Lyme disease vaccinations for outdoor animals. These vaccinations require occasional updates just as core vaccinations do, especially if you plan on boarding your pet or relocating him to a riskier environment in the near future. For a complete list of required core vaccinations and recommended vaccines for your cat or dog please see the list below:
D- Canine Distemper
H- Hepatitis (Adenovirus Type 2)
Leptospirosis (based on environment and lifestyle)
Rattlesnake (based on lifestyle)
FVR- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Whether your new puppy or kitten needs initial core vaccinations or your faithful old pal is due for an all-important update, our animal hospital in Castle Rock CO can provide him vital protection against killer diseases. Call Brekke Veterinary Clinic today at (303) 474-4260 to schedule the pet shots that help safeguard your animal's health!