Pet Wellness Exams in Greenville, NC
Cat and dog vaccinations work in a similar way to human vaccines—they stimulate your pet’s immune system to create antibodies against a certain disease-causing virus or bacteria. Then, if your pet ever encounters the real virus or bacteria in their environment, their immune system will kick into gear to protect them from developing any illness. At Animal Care Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians work with you to develop a personalized vaccine plan that suits your pet’s lifestyle. We aim to give your pet the greatest protection with the least vaccines.
How often does my pet need vaccines?
Puppies and kittens will receive a vaccine series during their first year of life that bolsters their immune system. After this first series, your pet will need routine boosters for the rest of their life in order to sustain their immunity. Most vaccines are administered on an annual basis, but we do offer some 3-year vaccines that protect your pet for longer. Your veterinarian will determine the best timeline for your pet that offers them the best protection, while also fitting into your schedule.
Our Offered Dog and Cat Vaccines
At Animal Care Veterinary Hospital, we offer both core and noncore vaccines. Core vaccines are highly recommended for all pets due to the prevalence and danger of the diseases they protect against. Meanwhile, noncore vaccines are only recommended to pets based on their lifestyle. Dogs and cats that are outdoors more often, visit boarding and grooming facilities, or are in regular proximity to other dogs and cats will have a different vaccine protocol than their indoors-only, less sociable counterparts!
A complete list of vaccines we offer includes:
Bordetella (noncore, but recommended)
Lyme disease (noncore)
Canine influenza (noncore)
Feline leukemia (noncore)
Are Pet Vaccines Safe?
Yes, cat and dog vaccines are considered very safe for our furry best friends, and at Animal Care Veterinary Hospital, we use some of the safest vaccines available. Plus, we strive to reduce the number of vaccines your pet needs throughout their life by administering 3-year vaccines when appropriate and assessing your pet’s lifestyle each year to determine whether or not your pet needs to continue with noncore vaccines.
Still, it’s important to recognize that adverse reactions to vaccines are possible, although they are very rare. More commonly, however, pets can sometimes develop soreness at the injection site or be a bit lethargic after their vaccine administration. These are generally mild and tend to pass quickly.