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A Grand Animal Hospital Veterinarian Responds to Questions About Pet Vaccinations in San Diego


August is National Immunization Month, and at Grand Animal Hospital, we believe immunizations are your pet's best line of defense against serious bacterial and viral diseases. When you vaccinate your dogs and cats, you're not only protecting them but also anyone who might socialize with them. Since it could be challenging to know where to begin, we've addressed some of the most popular San Diego pet vaccination questions. 


What Happens When I Vaccinate My Pet?

Pets who receive vaccinations have a lower risk of contracting diseases that spread from one animal to another. Immunizations for your pet are safe and put through quality control testing before being made available to veterinarians. Vaccination triggers the immune system to produce antibodies that are specific to a particular disease. These antibodies will aid your pet's body in fighting off infection the next time it is exposed.

What Diseases Could My Pet Be Affected By?

Depending on a number of variables, your pet may require a different set of vaccinations. For instance, because different diseases affect dogs and cats, they will have vaccines. Here are a few of the most prevalent illnesses that dogs and cats are vaccinated for.

Common Conditions Dogs Are Vaccinated Against

  • Parvo
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Kennel Cough
  • Rabies
  • Heartworms
  • Distemper
  • Lyme Disease

Common Conditions Cats Are Vaccinated Against:

How Soon Should Vaccinations Begin?

Kittens and pups begin getting their shots at 8 weeks old. As soon as they reach adulthood, immunizations are normally administered yearly. Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with further details when it's time to renew your pet's immunizations.

Do Pets Frequently Experience Side Effects?

Most likely, your pet will have mild side effects. Common side effects after pet vaccinations include:

  • Mild fever
  • Swelling at injection site
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Discomfort at injection site

These minor side effects often last two to three days. If your pet begins to display signs of serious side effects, such as diarrhea, vomiting, allergic reaction, or other rapid changes in behavior, call your veterinarian straight once.

What Clinic Vaccinates Pets In San Diego?

Call Grand Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment if you believe your pet needs vaccinations in San Diego or for more information.

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