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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of maintaining your pet's health. Vaccines protect our pets against debilitating diseases and help ensure they live longer, healthier lives. Over the years, vaccines have virtually eliminated a number of fatal diseases that were once common and in turn, have saved the lives of millions of pets. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to unvaccinated dogs and cats.

How often will my pet receive vaccinations?

Vaccines are administered each year during your pet's annual wellness exam. Our veterinarian will determine which vaccinations are necessary for your pet based on an assessment of your pet's health history and their risk of exposure to disease.

How will my pet respond after receiving vaccines?

Most pets experience mild soreness at the site of the injection after vaccination. The soreness may last for up to 24 hours, but usually it disappears within a few hours. Some other responses your pet may have to vaccinations include discomfort and swelling at the site of the vaccine, a mild fever, and a mild decrease in appetite and activity.

We always ask you to closely observe your pet during the first 24 hours after they have received their vaccines. Vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of their face, or extreme lethargy are signs of a more serious response to their vaccine. If you see any changes that concern you, do not hesitate to call us.

Are any vaccines required by law?

Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against Rabies virus. This vaccine is first given by a veterinarian at 12 weeks of age, and is the only way to prevent your pet from succumbing to the Rabies virus.