Vaccines can improve your pet's health and wellness, which means keeping them in your life for a while longer.
If you're the proud owner of a new pet, our staff can tell you everything you need to know about vaccinations and how to keep your pet safe.
Dr. Julian Peckich in Marietta, GA, is passionate about maintaining your animal's health for a long and happy life.
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When Should My Pet Get Vaccinated?
Vaccination schedules will vary based on the age and health of your pet. Dr. Peckich will consider additional factors to determine proper vaccine timing, including your location and local environment and if your pet socializes with other animals.
Puppies and kittens will receive crucial antibodies from their mother's milk assuming that their mother has a healthy immune system. Vaccinations can begin once the puppy or kitten has reached six to eight weeks of age.
With adult dogs and cats, the vaccine schedule will vary based on their health needs. Some vaccines will be administered or readministered annually, while other vaccines may be given every few years.
Vaccination Clinic Hours
Vaccinations can be scheduled during regular office hours (9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday; and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays).
Marietta Vet Clinic is closed on Sundays and every third Saturday of the month.
Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?
Pet vaccines are divided into two categories:
core vaccinations and non-core vaccinations
Core vaccinations are vaccines that are deemed essential for all pets to limit the risk of exposure to a disease, minimize the severity of a disease, and reduce the transmissibility of disease to humans. The rabies vaccine is a great example of a core vaccination for cats and dogs. The same is true for vaccines against distemper.
Non-core vaccinations are recommended based on a pet's lifestyle and location. This might include vaccines for Lyme disease for pets in rural or wooded areas; Bordetella for pets commonly at dog parks, dog shows, and other social settings; and leptospirosis for hunting animals or pets that hike, frolic, and swim outdoors.
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Whether you have a newborn puppy or an adult cat, you must speak with a veterinarian about vaccines. Dr. Peckich can go over the basics of core vaccines for distemper and parvovirus as well as non-core vaccinations for Bordetella (kennel cough) and other conditions.
The team at Marietta pet clinic understands pet owner concerns about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We can happily answer any questions you may have so you can make an informed choice about the long-term health of your pet.
To learn more about cat and dog vaccinations and your pet's veterinary care needs, contact our practice online. You can also reach our office in Marietta, GA, by phone.
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A Full List of Core and Non-Core Vaccines to Keep Your Cat or Dog Healthy
Core Canine Vaccinations
- Distemper, infectious hepatitis/adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza (DHPP)
Non-Core Canine Vaccinations
- Lyme disease
Core Feline Vaccinations
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia (FVRCP)
Non-Core Feline Vaccinations
- Feline chlamydial conjunctivitis
- Feline leukemia (FeLV)
- Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)
A Closer Look at Core Vaccinations
Below are a few diseases your pet's core vaccinations can help prevent:
Rabies is a disease that infects the central nervous system. It is a serious illness that can lead to cerebral dysfunction, paralysis, and aggression just days after contraction. Rabies can also be contracted by people and is fatal if they do not seek immediate medical care. This is a serious viral infection that can be prevented by routine vaccinations.
Distemper is a serious disease that can be easily spread through sneezing or coughing. This virus is a respiratory disease that can lead to muscle convulsions, seizures, and paralysis. There is no cure for canine distemper, and the outcome is almost always fatal. However, through routine vaccinations, your dog or puppy can be protected.
Parvovirus is a deadly disease mainly affecting dogs, especially puppies under four months. The virus is resistant to extreme temperatures and can stay on the contaminated surface for an extended period. The disease is typically spread through direct contact or contact with contaminated feces. Most dogs die from parvovirus within 48-72 hours after the onset of symptoms, so your dog or puppy must get vaccinated to prevent contraction.
Parainfluenza is an easily transmitted respiratory virus that can lead to kennel cough. While it does have similar symptoms, the parainfluenza virus and canine influenza are two separate infections that need different treatments. Any upper respiratory infection or virus can be detrimental to your pet's health and needs to be treated immediately. The parainfluenza and bordetella vaccines can help prevent upper respiratory bacterial or viral infections that can lead to kennel cough.
Vaccines Can Save Your Pet's Life!
Keeping your pet healthy is important to us, which is why our Marietta clinic offers vaccines at affordable prices. Some clients have hestitations or concerns when vaccinating their pet. Dr. Peckich is happy to discuss options that are appropriate for you and your pet!
Vaccination Side Effects
More and more pet owners are questioning the necessity of vaccines. They want a better understanding of each vaccination and its side effects to make an informed decision. Marietta Vet Clinic respects these concerns, which is why we're always open to discussing vaccines in more detail.
Thankfully, vaccines have an excellent safety record, yet some pets can have unpredictable adverse reactions up to 3 days after vaccination. Commonly observed side effects include:
- Reduced appetite
- Loss of appetite
- Pain at the injection site
- Lethargy (lack of activity)
- Mild fever
These common side effects should abate a few days after the vaccine has been administered and have no lasting effects on your pet's disposition or overall wellness.
Complications and Warning Signs
Contact your veterinarian or our emergency services clinic if your pet develops any of these more serious side effects:
- Worsening of the initial side effects
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty breathing
These are common signs of a medical complication that should be promptly treated by a professional.
We Can Accommodate Anxious Pets Making Your Vet Visit as Easy as Possible
Dr. Peckich and his team want to make you and your pet's appointment as easy as possible. That's why our Marietta, GA, pet clinic has developed strategies to reduce stress. Here's how we help keep your cat or dog calm and relaxed during their visit.
Shots can be just as scary to pets as they are to children (and some adults). The distraction technique simply means we will divert your pet's attention away from the injection. It's a little something we can do to make sure your pet isn't afraid or distressed.
Some pets get nervous as soon as they enter a veterinary clinic. Rather than brave the waiting room, you can use our back entrance that leads straight into an examination room. This service is free of charge. Just specify the use of the private entrance while booking.
Wait in Your Car
Our team can also accommodate your pet's needs by administering vaccines while you wait in your car. Your cat or dog may need to be taken into the clinic for weighing and some other tests, but otherwise you can both stay in the vehicle feeling safe and secure together.
Consider a Microchip To Further Protect Your Pet
Dogs and cats who have strayed too far from home can be found with a microchip. When a lost pet with a microchip is brought to Marietta Vet Clinic, we can see who it belongs to and return it to its owner. Contact our veterinary clinic to learn more.
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