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Pet Vaccinations at Windermere Animal Hospital in Cumming, GA

Most pet owners would agree than an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when your pet faces threats from disease germs that might cause serious illness or even death from the first exposure. Vaccinations help set up a critical line of defense against these microscopic menaces, allowing your pet to enjoy a longer and healthier life. Here at Windermere Animal Hospital, our veterinarians in Cumming, GA are happy to provide a number of essential and elective pet vaccinations.

dog receiving a pet vaccination from his veterinarian

Why Your Pet Needs Vaccinations

Why would a healthy pet with a normally-functioning immune system require vaccinations? The answer lies in the way the immune system protects the body. When it encounters a germ, it manufactures antibodies to fight and kill that germ -- but it won't do this until the germ is already present, placing your pet at serious risk of illness or death. Vaccinations get a head start on the antibody-creation process. The vaccine mimics the germ in question so convincingly that the immune system starts producing the correct antibodies to defend against the real thing.

Despite the fact the many vaccines are made from inert versions of the actual germ, vaccination usually causes no ill effects apart from minor, temporary soreness or respiratory symptoms. Even an allergic reaction can be treated at our vet clinic -- and the benefits your pet receives from vaccination are more than worth any minimal risk.

Vaccination Timing and Choices

Our veterinarian usually starts vaccinating puppies and kittens at 6 weeks of age, when they're just being weakened from their mother's milk (which has been lending them her own antibodies). The vaccinations must be repeated every few weeks during these formative months so that they will dovetail with the receding effects of the last of the mother's antibodies until your pet finally has full-strength protection against killer diseases. Pet vaccines lose their power after one or more years, with some lasting longer than others. That's why our veterinarian will prescribe booster vaccinations at various points in your pet's life.

Pet vaccinations are divided into two primary categories. Core vaccinations are the essential vaccinations every dog or cat needs against the most common killers including rabies, canine or feline distemper, canine hepatitis, and feline calicivirus. Elective vaccinations protect against environment-specific threats such as Bordetella ("kennel cough") and Lyme disease.

Call Our Windermere Animal Hospital in Cumming, GA Today

Windermere Animal Hospital can provide your pet with all the disease protection he needs, from core and elective vaccinations to booster shots. Call our pet hospital in Cumming, GA at 770-887-0676 today!

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