Pet Vaccinations at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital
If you're like most pet owners, you view your beloved animals as members of your own family -- and that means you want to provide them with a lifetime of care to keep them happy and healthy. Vaccinations play a key role in achieving this objective by immunizing your pet against certain deadly diseases. Your pet needs to receive the right vaccines at the right times to protect against the right ailments, as well as regular updates in the form of booster injections, to ensure a lifetime of optimal immunity -- and for that, you can rely on our experienced veterinary team at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital.
How Vaccinations Work
A vaccine is a substance that strongly resembles an active pathogen but is in fact inert. When this substance is introduced into the bloodstream of an animal, the animal's immune system views it as the actual disease germ, not a mere look-alike, and responds by creating the right antibodies to fight against the nonexistent disease. The buildup of immunity then protects your pet against the the real pathogen for as long as the proper antibodies are present. Vaccines and the associated immune response generally lose their potency over time, which is why updates known as "booster shots" are typically scheduled at specific intervals (1-3 years) so the animal doesn't experience a dangerous gap in immunity.
There are certain pet vaccinations that your Madisonville veterinarian at Tchefuncte Animal recommend. These are the critical or "core" vaccinations every dog or cat should receive against some of the most common and troubling infectious diseases. Dogs receive vaccinations against canine distemper, rabies, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. Cats are vaccinated against rabies, panleukopenia, calicivirus, leukemia and viral rhinotracheitis. Ideally, these vaccinations should begin as early in life as safely possible. Several initial rounds of vaccinations are usually needed, after which the schedule tapers off.
The veterinarians at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital may also recommend additional elective vaccinations depending on your pet's individual lifestyle and environment. One of the most common examples is vaccination against kennel cough (Bordatella), a serious respiratory infection that can spread easily among pets who share close living quarters. The vaccines that may be recommended and their schedules follow guidelines set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. However, each animal is different so the actual vaccinations your pet mat receive and the schedule may differ on a case by case basis.
We can also perform vaccine titers for certain vaccines so if you are interested in seeing if previous vaccines your pet has received are still protective, we are happy to discuss options regarding this.
Schedule Essential Care from Your Madisonville Veterinarian
Tchefuncte Animal Hospital is your resource for all kinds of preventative wellness care, including pet vaccinations. Your Madisonville veterinarian will administer the initial rounds of vaccinations and recommend a schedule for updates and boosters. (Please be advised that it's up to you, the concerned owner, to follow this schedule for your pet's sake!) We can also advise you as to which elective vaccinations, if any, your pet should receive for optimal protection against specific threats.
Set the stage for a lifetime of better health for your beloved pets, starting today. Call Tchefuncte Animal Hospital at 985-845-7484 to schedule pet vaccinations and learn more about the preventative wellness procedures at our facility!