Why vaccinate your animals?
The most important reason for vaccinating your pet is to protect your animals from diseases that are contagious from other animals. Conditions such as canine parvovirus, feline distemper, and rabies… just to name a few can devastate your animal and lead to their early demise. The lives of millions of animals have been saved due to vaccinations over the last 50 years. Vaccinating your pets also plays an integral part in cessation of the spread of diseases such as rabies to the human population; so vaccinating your animals helps to protect your family (and others) as well.
What are the risks/reactions?
The majority of pets have no reactions to vaccinations, however some animals can and do react. The most common reactions seen are sluggishness (lethargy), site reaction (swelling), swollen muzzle (face), shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. In very rare circumstances collapse and or death may occur. If you see these reactions proceed to your nearest veterinary emergency facility immediately! Bring your paperwork from Cheap Shots™ to your local veterinarian so that he/she can see what was given to your animal. If you suspect your animal may be at risk for reactions, speak up, we will pretreat with medication to try to retard negative effects. Remember that while vaccinating your animals may have some risk, failure to vaccinate leaves your pet vulnerable to fatal illnesses that are preventable. We use top quality vaccines from leading manufacturers in the veterinary medical biological field, our name might say Cheap Shots™ - but we do use quality vaccines!
Which vaccines should pets receive?
ALL pets should receive the “core vaccines” as juveniles, then yearly boosters are appropriate. These vaccines are the recommended minimum vaccines your pet needs to get a healthy start and to maintain it.
How often should pets be vaccinated?
All puppies and kittens require a series of (3) vaccines, 4 weeks apart, beginning at 8 weeks of age. Then your pet should be vaccinated again at (1) year of age to complete the puppy/kitten series, and yearly thereafter to maintain their protection. You will want to ensure the life-long protection for your beloved pet, so yearly vaccines (and heartworm tests for dogs) are what is recommended. However, be advised that your own veterinarian may have his/her protocol which could differ from this one, in which case we advise you to follow your own veterinarian’s recommendations.
I see you do a lot of worm medications, why?
A huge killer of domestic and non-domestic pets are intestinal (and external) parasites. It is imperative that regular de-worming be done to help protect your pet from these pests. This comes in the form of an oral liquid as a puppy/kitten and then as the same liquid for a cat and inside the heartworm preventative tablets for dogs. By the way, we also highly recommend you use flea (and tick if in the woods) preventatives as well on a monthly and consistent basis.