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Pet Vaccinations in Fairfield CA

puppies and cats in fairfield laying down before pet vaccinations

Pet vaccinations are important for your pet's long-term health. At Sunset Animal Hospital in Fairfield, CA, we help dogs and cats stay healthy by providing core and non-core vaccines. As a pet owner, it's important for you to understand the benefits for vaccines. Pets need to get annual shots to maintain immunity from common conditions and deadly illnesses. Whether your pet is young or old, your pet will need regular vaccinations and booster shots to help ensure good health.

Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Pet vaccinations are beneficial in many ways! Some of the most important benefits of pet vaccinations include:

  • Public safety. Pets can spread rabies among themselves and to humans. The rabies vaccine can help protect your pet from this deadly illness, and can protect your family from rabies as well.
  • Quality of life. The healthier your pet is, the better he or she will feel in everyday life. In this way, keeping your pet vaccinated will help improve his or her quality of life.
  • Reduced medical costs. By boosting your pet's immunity, vaccinations can help prevent illnesses and thus help your pet avoid trips to the veterinarian.

Core Vs. Non-Core Vaccines

At Sunset Animal Hospital, we administer core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are the main vaccines administered to all pets. Core vaccines help protect pets from the type of illnesses that affect all pets, regardless of their lifestyle. Some common core vaccines include:

  • Rabies
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Calcivirus

Non-core vaccines are administered to pets that are at risk for certain specific illnesses. For example, pets that live outdoors may be at a higher risk for certain illnesses. Non-core vaccines are given to these pets to help protect them from those illnesses.

The Safety of Vaccines

Sometimes pet owners ask whether or not vaccines are safe for their pets. Some pets that get vaccinated may experience minor negative side effects such as:

  • Pain and tenderness near the site of the injection.
  • Swelling around the site of the injection.
  • Lethargy.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Disinterest in playing or interacting.
  • Irritability.

These side effects are normal and are not considered to be a danger to the pet. In very rare cases, some pets may experience more negative side effects, such as hives, difficulty breathing, severe vomiting or diarrhea. If your pet experiences any of these side effects, contact the veterinarian immediately. Since the risk of these side effects is very small and the potential benefit to the pet is so great, vaccines are considered to be very safe and very beneficial to animals in general.

Contact Us Today

As your Fairfield veterinarian, we think it's very important that pets in the community get vaccinated on a regular basis. For your convenience, we'll track your pet's vaccination schedule and remind you when vaccinations come due. This will help you keep your pet up to date on shots. For more information about vaccinations in Fairfield CA, contact us today at 707-425-4050.