Pet Vaccines In Houston, TX With Best Care Animal Hospital
One of the most important ways you can protect your pets is by giving the right vaccinations at the right time. Serving Houston, spring, & Tomball, Dr. Eduardo Jimenez and the veterinary staff at Best Care Animal Hospital in northwest Houston will help you schedule the necessary vaccines to protect your pet for a lifetime.
Passive immunity is protection from disease that is transferred to your pet directly from its mother. The strength of that protection depends on how good the mother’s immunity is. Active immunity is protection developed when your pet is either exposed to a safe form of the disease through vaccination, or through contact with the disease. Passive immunity starts fading at around 4 weeks of age, but can interfere with development of active immunity until your pet is at least 18 weeks of age. For that reason, vaccination starts at 4 to 6 weeks of age, and is most often repeated every 3 to 4 weeks until your pup or kitten is old enough to have developed its own immunity, around 18 to 20 weeks of age.
Vaccines at Different Life Stages
Some vaccines offer long lasting protection, only needing to be repeated every few years. Others can only protect your pet for a year or two, and will need to be given more frequently. Our veterinarian will work with you to determine a schedule that offers the best protection based on the diseases seen in this area, and in some cases, on your pet’s breed, health, or age. Keep in mind that sometimes diseases not previously seen in dogs and cats, like influenza, can become a problem. When that happens, our veterinarian will advise you if a new vaccine is available, and if it’s recommended in the Houston, Spring, and Tomball area.
Vaccines We Provide
The American Veterinary Medical Society (AVMA) recommends “core” vaccines for all dogs, including canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. In most states, rabies vaccination is required by law for all dogs and cats over a certain age. For cats, the AVMA core vaccines include feline panleukopenia, calicivirus, and viral rhinotracheitis, plus rabies. Depending on your and your pet’s lifestyle, and diseases prevalent in the area, other vaccines such as bordetella (dogs) and leukemia (cats) may be needed to offer the best protection. We are more than prepared to help guide you through this process.
Get A Vaccine In Houston, TX With Best Care Animal Hospital Today!
If it’s time to evaluate your pet’s vaccination needs, call Best Care Animal Hospital at (281) 251-0893, serving the Houston community, we will help you give your pet the best disease protection that you can provide.