Veterinary Vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should my puppy or kitten have his first round of shots?
A: The first round of puppy and kitten shots can be completed as early as 6 weeks of age. It's important to have shots done as close to on time as possible, so that your pet is protected against preventable diseases. If you're late on your pet's shots, don't worry, just schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Q: What side effects can I expect after vaccines?
A: Our vet will go over normal side effects to expect at your appointment. Just like people, many pets experience mild side effects from a vaccination, such as pain at the injection site and a slight fever. Some pets may also experience swelling at the injection site. If your pet experiences a severe reaction to a vaccine, marked by symptoms including coughing, difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, a swollen face, nose, or mouth, or collapse, it's important to seek emergency veterinary attention immediately. It's better to be safe than sorry, and if you suspect that your pet is having an adverse reaction to a vaccine, have him treated by a veterinarian.
Q: Do I have to vaccinate my pet?
A: You'll need to check the laws in your local municipality to find out what vaccinations are required for your pet. At the very least, most neighborhoods require that pets have a rabies shot prior to registration. Vaccinating your pet is an important part of your pet's health care. If you have concerns about the effects of certain vaccines, our veterinarian can work with you to discuss the pros and cons and help you to make an informed decision on what is best for your pet's health.
Q: I rescued an older pet, and I'm not sure about their vaccination history. What should I do?
A: In this situation, our veterinarian will work with you to create a vaccination plan specific to your pet. This plan can look different for different animals, and may depend on your new pet’s age, breed, the diseases that are prevalent in your area, and any health conditions that your pet may have.
Call Our Loves Park Veterinary Hospital
Whether you have a puppy, kitten, or an older animal, it's important that you keep your pet up to date on his shots. At Animal Hospital of Loves Park, our caring veterinary staff is here to help your pet get the veterinary care that he needs. Call our office at 815-986-4445 to set up your first appointment.