Keeping Viruses at Bay with Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Grifton, NC

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Vaccines are a key component of your pet’s care. Just like they do with people, vaccines help pets develop greater immunity to viral diseases that might be lurking in their environment. Naturally, we can’t quarantine our pets or prevent them from being their inquisitive selves, so it’s necessary to go the extra step to protect them and make sure they receive the appropriate vaccines according to their veterinarian’s recommendations. At Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital, we believe in vaccinating dogs and cats responsibly and according to what they need most, so there is minimal risk of an allergic reaction or other side effects.

Call us today at (252) 524-3384 so we can get your pet’s vaccines up-to-date!

Are Vaccines Safe Enough for My Pet?

Today’s cat and dog vaccines are extremely safe, and the recommended protocols have also changed to prevent over-vaccinating. If you are concerned about how your pet will do with vaccines, we would be more than happy to answer all your questions and create a vaccination program that works best for them. We treat every animal as an individual, because we know how their needs can differ based on their health history, lifestyle, and home environment.

Why Are Some Cat and Dog Vaccines More Important than Others?

Core vaccines are vaccines that we strongly recommend for all pets. These vaccines give dogs and cats essential protection against life-threatening viruses, including:

  • Rabies virus (the rabies vaccine is required by state law)
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (affects cats only)
  • Bordetella

Rabies is one of the most dangerous diseases out there and is always fatal when symptoms become present. In addition to being fatal to pets, it can also be deadly to humans. Parvovirus affects puppies and unprotected dogs. While it can be treated, the disease must be caught in time, with fluids, antibiotics, and other treatments provided as quickly as possible. If your puppy is lethargic and having bouts of diarrhea, contact your vet immediately.

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Lifestyle-based Vaccines for Pets

Less prevalent and less severe diseases, which only some pets may encounter in their lifetime, also have vaccines, which we only recommend to pets that are more at risk for them. We’ll take time to discuss these vaccines with you and help you decide whether your pet will need any of them to round out their protection. To find out more, call (252) 524-3384!