Learn the Importance of Woodbridge Pet Vaccines

Diseases can easily be spread from animal to animal, and then from animal to human. Choosing to protect your pet by getting a pet vaccine in Woodbridge, VA can help prevent the spread of disease within your environment.
 
Vaccinations not only protect your furry friend, but they can also help keep you and your family happy and healthy. Some vaccinations, like the rabies shot, are actually required by law in many states. Some fatal diseases, like canine parvovirus, now rarely occur because of the success of vaccines.
 
Choosing to get your pet vaccinated can also help save you money from future veterinary visits. Treating illness after it happens is far more costly and time-consuming than preventing the illness in the first place. The best way to handle an emergency is to stop it before it can occur. Vaccinations can provide you with a feeling of control over your pet’s health. Vaccinations and annual check-ups for your pet are an excellent way to help them lead long and healthy lives.
 
Your pet will need to be up-to-date on all necessary vaccines in order to participate in most obedience courses. It is also recommended that your pet is vaccinated before going to any dog parks, staying at boarding facilities, or before being around other animals. Consult with Dr. Zraibi to find out which pet vaccines would best benefit your pet and their lifestyle habits.
 
How Vaccines Work
When vaccinations are introduced to your pet’s body, the immune system will become activated. If your pet ever becomes exposed to this disease in the future, their body would be familiar with it and be more likely to fight it off. This does not mean your pet becomes infected with the disease in the vaccine, but it does mean that their immune system will contain the same antibodies as the vaccine. This allows them to fight off the disease in the future if they were to ever come into contact with it. Vaccines are provided every few years to ensure that your pet remains healthy long into adulthood.
 
Choosing The Right Vaccine
Every type of vaccine is not necessary for every pet. There are certain things that will influence what type of vaccination would be right for your pet. Consult with Dr. Zraibi to find out more information on our available pet vaccinations.
 
• Age
• Breed
• Environment
• Travel habits
• Lifestyle
• Medical history
 
Core Vaccines
Core vaccines are the most vital vaccinations that pets should get. The most common vaccinations for dogs include rabies, canine hepatitis, distemper, and parvovirus. Non-essential vaccines may be recommended depending on the dog’s exposure risk to disease. Cats are recommended to receive the feline distemper vaccine, feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies. Rabies vaccinations are actually mandatory in most U.S. states. 
 
Risks Associated With Vaccines
Vaccines do not infect pets with diseases, though they can have some symptoms. Your pet may show signs of an allergic reaction, soreness around the injection site, or fever. Mild cold symptoms like a runny nose and coughing may occur but only last a couple of days. Be sure to talk with Dr. Zraibi about your pet’s medical history before deciding on a vaccine. Vaccinations are very safe and are recommended to help keep your pet and other animals healthy and happy.
 
If you would like to learn more about your pet vaccine in Woodbridge, VA options, call our office today for more information. You can reach us at (571) 285-1855, or you can fill out an appointment request form directly on our website. We look forward to meeting you and your pet!