What are Pet Vaccines?

Pet vaccinations are injections that help your pet’s immune system build up a defense against certain illnesses. They safely activate the immune system. Later, if your pet is exposed to this particular type of germ, he can avoid severe illness or death. Pet vaccinations are given as part of your pet’s annual wellness exam. The vet will provide the vaccinations that we think are necessary based on your pet’s lifestyle, age, and breed. While vaccinations may have some side effects, they are considered very safe.


What Kinds of Side Effects Can Vaccinations Have?

Your pet might feel a little unwell after a vaccination. Like humans, your pet’s body is reacting to the vaccine. They may feel tired and have a fever. Generally, these side effects go away pretty quickly. However, you should talk to your vet about any concerns you may have.

Does My Pet Have to Get Vaccinated?

You can’t be forced to give your pet vaccines, but it is the responsible thing to do. You are responsible for your pet’s safety and well-being. If you choose to avoid having your pet vaccinated, you’re putting your pet at risk. They can catch an otherwise avoidable disease and get very sick. This could result in unnecessary pain and suffering for your pet, as well as the potential for death from these illnesses. Talk to your veterinarian if you are concerned about the safety of vaccines.

Do All Pets Get the Same Vaccines?

Pets don’t always get the same vaccines. The appropriate injections may change based on your pet’s species, age, and lifestyle. For instance, outdoor and indoor cats may require different vaccines to keep them safe. Our veterinary care office will provide you with more information about which vaccines are best for your particular pet.

Veterinary Services

Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Berkeley Animal Hospital. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.