Vaccinations 101

Vaccination is an essential part of good health for your pet. Here, your Ellicott City, MD veterinarian gives you a crash course in vaccinations, what your pet needs, and how to get your pet the proper preventative care.

How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccination works by introducing a small, virtually harmless strain of the disease it fights against to your pet’s system. Your pet’s body develops antibodies as a response. In this way, your pet’s system is prepared to lessen the symptoms the disease or fight it off entirely should the real thing ever come along.

What Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

Your pet needs what are called the “core” vaccinations, which include vaccines against rabies, calicivirus, distemper, and other dangerous or contagious illnesses. “Non-core” vaccines, those that may benefit some pets but aren’t necessary for every animal, may also be helpful. These includes shots against Bordetella (kennel cough) and the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Ask your veterinarian for specifics on what your pet needs.

How Do I Get Started?

Make an appointment at your Ellicott City, MD animal hospital today. He or she can tell you all about the vaccines your pet needs and answer any further questions you have.