Vaccinations from Our Veterinarians near Evans, GA
Pet ownership can be both deeply rewarding and extremely stressful, especially when your furry friend's life is in danger from a deadly infectious disease. You can make things much easier both for you and for your pet by scheduling vaccinations at Hill Top Animal Hospital. Our vets near Evans GA can make sure your pet's immune system gets the "jump start" it needs to arm itself against these threatening microorganisms.
How Vaccines Immunize Your Pet
The vaccines administered by your veterinarian near Evans GA actually trick your pet's body into providing critical immunity against specific diseases. Normally, a germ has to introduce into the body before the immune system will respond by launching antibodies to kill that germ. But instead of exposing your pet to danger in that manner, we can introduce an inert variation of that germ that still bears a close molecular resemblance to the real thing. This stimulates the same immune response that the actual germ would, triggering the manufacture of antibodies for long-lasting immunity. Since vaccines do eventually lose their effectiveness, occasional booster shots are required.
What to Expect From Vaccinations at Our Animal Hospital
Our animal hospital follows the standard recommendations for vaccinating animals throughout their lives. Every pet needs core vaccinations, those all-important immunizations against the most prevalent and/or dangerous infectious agents. Core vaccinations are given several times during a puppy or kitten's first year, with booster shots administered at 1 year and then every 3 years afterward. Additionally, some pets may benefit from elective (non-core) vaccinations. These vaccinations protect against germs more likely to be encountered in specialized environments or situations, such as potential exposure to tick-borne diseases or close contacts with other animals in a boarding or daycare facility. Your pet's vaccinations will most likely adhere to the following schedules:
- Dog vaccination schedule - A dog vaccination schedule begins with receive parvovirus, hepatitis and canine distemper core vaccinations, delivered in a single shot, at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 15 weeks of age. A rabies vaccination is administered at 12 weeks of age. Your veterinarian near Evans GA will recommend updates for any of these vaccinations as needed. On-core vaccinations such as leptospirosis and Lyme disease are administered at 12 and 15 weeks, and again in adulthood.
- Cat vaccination schedule - A cat vaccination schedule starts with a combination core vaccination that protects against feline distemper, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 15 weeks of age, updated during adulthood as needed. Non-core vaccinations against diseases such as feline leukemia virus can be administered at 13, 16 and 19 weeks, and again in adulthood.
Schedule Pet Vaccinations during Our Standard Veterinarian Hours
You can schedule pet vaccinations at any time during our standard veterinarian hours of 8am-6pm Monday through Friday and 8am-12pm on Saturday. But there's no time like the present to ensure that your pet from killer diseases, so call 706-303-4571 as soon as you can to schedule vaccinations for your beloved companion. See you soon!