Every pet needs to be seen by a vet at least once a year.
Good pet parents know that puppies and kittens need to see their vet early in their lives to get vaccinations that will protect them from deadly disease. But what about adult pets? Which vaccines are legally required? Which vaccines are just recommended? How often do you need to take your pets to the vet to ensure their best quality of life? These are the kinds of questions you can get answered when you take your pets to the vet who cares at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Animal Hospital in Bloomington, IL.
Every dog and every cat needs core vaccines.
Some vaccines are essential to your pet’s health. Core vaccines for cats include vaccinations for herpesvirus, feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, and rabies. Core vaccines for dogs include vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, and rabies. Don’t forget booster shots for protection against rabies for adult pets!
There are other vaccines that can be very important for pets in special situations. Pets that live in a multi-pet home or that have spent time in shelters or kennels can need extra protection. Your vet can give you advice on the additional vaccines your pet may need.
Is it possible to over-vaccinate my pet?
Pet owners who want to provide their pets with holistic healthcare often ask about how many vaccinations are really needed. There is an objective way to find out. If you want to limit your pet’s exposure to vaccines, ask your vet about a titer test. The titer test can tell you how well your pet is protected against common, preventable infectious disease hazards. If your pet doesn’t have adverse reactions to vaccinations, we recommend keeping up a yearly schedule or required booster shots.
Heartworm and other common parasites are another reason to see your vet every year.
Even if your pet seems healthy, another reason to make the annual trip to the vet is to make sure heartworm and other common parasites are prevented or at least detected while they are still treatable. You will have many more happy years with your pet if you prevent heartworm and other all-too-common parasitic infections.
Don’t put off your pet’s checkup with your vet!
Regular visits to the vet are essential for a long, healthy life for your pet. Fairway Knolls Veterinary Animal Hospital offers appointments as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. or weekdays and on Saturday mornings to accommodate your busy schedule. Request an appointment online or call us at (309) 663-1414 today! The offices of Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital are located at 612 IAA Dr., Bloomington, IL, 61701.