At Animal Hospital of Loves Park, we strongly encourage all pet owners to make sure their pets are up-to-date on vaccinations at all times. If it’s been a while since your pet was last vaccinated or if you know your pet is overdue for certain vaccinations, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with our vet. After all, pet vaccinations are just one of the many comprehensive health and wellness services we provide in our office.

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Why Pet Vaccinations are So Important

Having your pet regularly vaccinated is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your beloved pet from any number of diseases, infections, and even potentially fatal illnesses. Unfortunately, when your pet’s vaccinations expire, the antibodies produced in your pet’s body to protect them are no longer viable; as a result, your pet could once again become prone to serious disease and illness. This is why it’s so important to stay on top of your pet’s vaccination schedule and avoid letting vaccinations lapse.

It’s also important to remember that most boarding facilities and groomers will require proof of updated vaccinations in order to serve your pet, so if your pet isn’t up-to-date, you might not be able to have your pet groomed, board your pet while you’re away, or even take your dog to a local dog park!

Vaccination FAQs

Which vaccines does my pet need?

A lot of times, pet owners fail to have their pets properly vaccinated because they simply don’t know which vaccines their pets need. It’s true that vaccination schedules can sometimes be confusing, but our veterinary team is here to help. When you bring your pet in for vaccinations with us, we’ll provide you with an updated vaccination schedule so you can easily see which vaccines your pet is due for and when. This can help you better plan your appointments with our animal hospital and ensure that your pet’s vaccines don’t lapse. We’re also happy to send out reminders when your pet is about to be due for an appointment.

When should my puppy or kitten have their first round of shots?

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.

What side effects can I expect?

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.

Do I have to vaccinate my pet?

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.

I rescued an older pet, and I’m not sure about it’s vaccination history. What should I do?

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.

Schedule a Vaccination Appointment Today

If your pet is due for any vaccinations or if you’re simply not sure, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling (815) 986-4445! We look forward to serving your pet!

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