Vaccinations are powerful tools for preventing serious and potentially fatal diseases from affecting your pet. The injection exposes the animal’s immune system to a small, safe, and controlled dose of a virus similar to the one it is meant to protect against. In response, the immune system will produce specific antigens that can fight the disease. In the future, if the pet is ever exposed to the disease again, this will prepare the immune system to properly fight it.

Vaccinations are administered quickly and the pain associated with them is extremely minor. Some vaccines, such as Rabies, are required by law to protect the safety of the public.

The veterinary doctors at Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital spend considerable time researching the best vaccine protocols for dogs and cats in our Rye, New York area. We recommend a series of core vaccines for every patient.

  • For dogs, the core vaccines include Rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis.
  • For cats, the core vaccines include Rabies, rhinotracheitis, feline distemper, and calicivirus.

Based on your pet’s lifestyle, the veterinarian may also recommend additional non-core vaccines.

  • For dogs, the non-core vaccines include leptospirosis, bordetella, Lyme disease, and canine influenza
  • For cats, the non-core vaccines include feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

As a client, you have the right to refuse any suggested vaccinations; although, the cost and risk of treating a serious disease far outweighs the cost and risk associated with vaccinations. Bad reactions to vaccinations are extremely rare, but not unheard of. If your pet has diarrhea, extreme fatigue, or stroke-like symptoms after receiving their vaccines, please call us immediately.

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