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At Fort Hunt Animal Hospital in Alexandria VA, we’re proud to provide pets of our community with vaccinations that can help them stay healthy and enjoy better quality of life. Vaccines are injections that trigger a response from your pet’s immune system. When your pet is exposed to vaccinations, your pet’s body builds up immunity to specific diseases and illnesses. We strongly encourage all pet owners to vaccinate their pets because of the important benefits for pets and for the public.
There are many benefits to vaccinating your pet in Alexandria!
• Improved quality of life. Vaccinations help your pet stay healthy, which has a direct impact on your pet’s quality of life
• Public health and safety. Some vaccines, like the rabies vaccine, can help stop the spread of illness throughout the human community. This is important for public health and safety
• Potentially fewer visits to the veterinarian. Vaccines help keep your pet healthy, which can prevent visits to the veterinarian.
Some pet owners worry that vaccinations are not safe. Some pets will have a very mild negative reaction to vaccinations. Typical negative reactions to vaccines include pain and tenderness at the site of the injection, lethargy, reduced appetite, irritability and flu-like symptoms.
These side effects usually wear off quickly. In rare cases, pets will experience more serious side effects like difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, vomiting and diarrhea. Pets who experience these side effects should be taken to the veterinarian right away. Fortunately, these cases are very rare.
Core vaccines are vaccines that are given to all pets. Core vaccines for dogs include:
• Canine parvovirus - a deadly virus that affects the intestinal tract.
• Distemper - an incurable viral illness.
• Canine hepatitis - a type of liver infection.
Cat core vaccines include:
• Panleukopenia - a disease responsible for killing many younger cats.
• Rhinotracheitis - an illness that is especially deadly to kittens.
• Calcivirus - a virus that causes upper respiratory infections.
Core vaccines also include the rabies vaccine, which is administered to both dogs and cats. Rabies is an illness that affects the mental processes and leads to death.
Non-core vaccines are vaccines that are only administered to pets who are at risk for those diseases. At Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, we advise pet owners about which type of vaccines their pets should receive.
Keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date is critical for the health of your pet. A Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, we treat your pet as our own, and have been committed to providing the quality care that your pet deserves since 1985. As a part of our commitment, we service pets from Alexandria, Mount Vernon and Fort Belvoir. To find out more or to make an appointment to get your pet vaccinated, contact us today at 703-360-6100.
I have been using Ft. Hunt Animal Hospital for about 30 years and have always found the doctors and staff to be very caring. I appreciate the time spent explaining specific findings and answering questions. I never feel rushed.