Vaccines FAQs

Valley Veterinary Hospital in Helena, UT is dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and happy. Our top priority is providing quality care for all cats, dogs, and other animals that come into our practice. We understand the importance of preventive healthcare, which is why we offer vaccines as part of our services. Vaccines are an effective way to protect your pet from diseases and illnesses that can affect their health. However, we understand that many pet parents have questions about vaccinating their pets. Your most common ones are answered below.

Vaccines FAQs

Why Do Pets Need to be Vaccinated?

Pets of all ages need to get their vaccines. When you have a puppy or kitten, its immune system is not developed enough to fight off disease. As a result, they are vulnerable to any illnesses that enter their body. Vaccinating your pet is the best way to prevent them from getting sick. Older pets need to get boosters to ensure the vaccine remains effective.

Which Vaccines Do Pets Need?

Pets can receive what we refer to as core or non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are considered vital for all pets, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Some examples of core vaccines include

  • Rabies
  • Distemper / Parvo
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)

Non-core vaccines vary by pet and lifestyle. We can help you determine which vaccines are most beneficial to your pet. We'll also ensure that a vaccine schedule is set up, so your pet's health is protected.

Why Are Vaccines Important?

Vaccines are considered preventative care, as they are administered before a pet is infected. The vaccine stimulates the pet's body to produce antibodies that fight the specific disease. Pets are naturally curious, which means they need to stay protected from possible exposure to infectious diseases. Vaccines prevent pets from being infected with the disease, which can result in a healthier lifestyle for your pet.

Are There Risks with Vaccination?

Only a small percentage of pets will experience adverse reactions to vaccines. The majority of them only experience some tenderness around the injection site. Most veterinary professionals agree that the small risk involved outweighs the potentially large risk of your pet being adversely exposed to a disease. Pet allergies are minimal to vaccines, and you'll feel peace of mind knowing you're doing everything possible to protect them.

Make an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Helena, MT

Valley Veterinary Hospital is the place to get in touch with if you need help with your pet. We believe pet vaccinations are one of the best things you can do to promote long-term health and wellness. Schedule an appointment today to get a personalized treatment plan for your furry companion.