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We know how much you love your pet. In order to help them live a long, healthy life, regular vaccines are imperative! Call us today to schedule your pet for their annual checkup and vaccines. Kanan Veterinary Hospital administers effective pet vaccinations in Oak Park, CA. Call us at 818-532-7434 to schedule an appointment for your pet’s vaccinations today!

Preventive care is the best way to keep your pet healthy and add years to their lives. Cats and dogs are vulnerable to several highly contagious and dangerous diseases. Fortunately, many of these diseases are preventable with regular dog and cat vaccinations.



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There are two types of vaccinations for pets; core and non-core. The core vaccines are those that are needed and required, regardless of lifestyle, environment, or age. The non-core vaccines aren't required and are recommended depending on their unique needs. We can provide both core and non-core pet vaccinations in Oak Park, CA.

When your pet is just a puppy or kitten, they should begin their vaccination series as early as 6-8 weeks to boost their young immune systems. After this initial series, adult cats and dogs require booster vaccines to maintain immunity. Most pet vaccines are needed once per year; however, a dog rabies vaccine is only needed every three years. At each wellness exam, we will discuss your pet’s lifestyle and environment to ensure they are getting everything they need to stay healthy.

Pet vaccines are very much like human vaccines. They were developed to prepare the immune system to fight disease. Vaccines contain antigens that appear like disease-causing organisms to the immune system. This causes the immune system to be mildly stimulated without actually causing the disease. If your pet is exposed to the real disease, the immune system will recognize it and fight it off or significantly reduce the severity.

No medication has zero risks, but the benefits of pet vaccines far outweigh the minimal risks. Pet vaccinations do an amazing job of protecting animals against dangerous diseases including rabies. Pet vaccinations can also protect us! While approximately 59,000 people die every year from rabies worldwide, only one or two deaths occur in the US (according to the WHO), where laws require pet vaccines. The most likely complications from pet vaccines include tissue swelling at the injection site, mild signs of illness like fever and soreness, and allergic reactions.

We look forward to hearing from you, and we are happy to help with any questions or concerns you might have about your pet’s vaccines in Oak Park. Schedule a wellness checkup today. Call us at 818-532-7434!

Furry family members mean almost as much to you as their human counterparts – if not just as much. Why wouldn’t you, therefore, give them all the same tools to live long, stay strong and experience maximum health?

Of course you would, and vaccines are an inescapable part of any pet health plan. They help animals fight disease before it takes hold, and keep pet populations as a whole safe from infection. To see exactly why vaccines are so important and how best to ensure your pet’s safety, it’s critical to understand how they work.

Here are some of the most common questions, and their answers.

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How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines administer a very low dose of a pathogen to a pet, so that their immune system can “learn” to fight it. When a virus or bacteria enters the animal’s body for the first time, they will not possess an immunity, but introducing the disease prompts their system to manufacture antibodies to help fight it, explains the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Those antibodies then live in their bloodstream from then on, so should they encounter that pathogen in real life, full-strength, they will already have the tools to fight it.

Will My Pet Be 100 Percent Immune?

This is a tricky question. Some animals who receive vaccines do develop total immunity. Others only develop partial immunity. Still others, if they don’t receive booster shots regularly, may lose part or all of their previous immunity.

That’s why the concept of “herd immunity” is so important. When the entire population susceptible to a particular disease is vaccinated, the disease can’t find a foothold. Therefore, even if an animal didn’t have 100 percent immunity, it wouldn’t matter, because other animals couldn’t get infected and pass it on.

However, today’s reports show that not nearly enough animals are getting vaccinated. Let’s all work to change that.

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

Your pet needs “core” vaccines and may need “non-core” vaccines. Core vaccines for dogs include canine parvovirus, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis and rabies. Core inoculations for cats include feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, feline rhinotracheitis and rabies.

Depending on your individual dog or cat, your vet may recommend other vaccines as well. For instance, if your cat is at risk of developing feline leukemia, your vet may advise a vaccine to help combat the chance.

Are There Side Effects to Vaccinating?

Usually, no. Vaccines are safe and well-vetted, and we’ve been using the same ones on dogs and cats for years. At most, pets may experience a bit of mild fever or discomfort associated with the low dose of the disease they’ve received. In rare cases, however, you may notice a serious allergic reaction: itching and swelling of the skin and face, vomiting and diarrhea, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of this, please seek veterinary assistance right away.

Mostly, though, vaccinations are a routine part of any pet’s life, and there’s nothing for you to worry about.

Want to learn more about vaccinating today? Feel free to get in touch with us at (818) 532-7434!

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