At Bristol Veterinary Hospital, it is our philosophy that prevention is the best policy when it comes to keeping your pet healthy and happy. Vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your cat or dog from a variety of different diseases that could become life-threatening if contracted. That’s why we encourage all pet parents to stick to a routine vaccination schedule.

There are also certain conditions that can be passed from your pet to the human members of your family. By keeping your dog or cat vaccinated, you are protecting not only your companion but also your loved ones from illness.

When Should a Cat or Dog Receive a Vaccination?

Our team at Bristol Veterinary Hospital will help you determine how often your pet needs to be vaccinated. In most cases, young puppies and kittens need shots every few weeks for their first few months of life. Older pets or those that aren’t routinely around other animals could require a schedule that’s less periodic. Situations where the animal is around large groups of people or other pets—such as traveling, frequent trips to the dog park, kenneling, etc.—also dictate the need

Common Pet Vaccines

Just like with humans, there are certain vaccinations that are routinely given to dogs and cats to help ward off illness and disease. The most common vaccinations your pet needs to thrive include:

  • Distemper
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Parvo
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis

What to Expect After a Vaccination Appointment and Possible Risks

After taking your pet home, it is important to watch them for about a day for any signs of distress. While most vaccinations are incredibly safe, some pets might have a sensitivity that might cause discomfort. Watch for things like lethargy and lack of eating, drinking, or defecating. Should you notice any of these symptoms, get in contact with us immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns about what vaccinations your pet needs and what they do to protect the health of the animal, please let us know. Our caring and compassionate team is here to ensure you get the answers you need and that your dog or cat is receiving the best care possible.

Schedule your pet’s vaccination appointment today. Call Bristol Veterinary Hospital at (603) 744-5804.