Fort Lauderdale Pet Vaccinations
Protecting Your Pet’s Health & Continued Wellbeing
As a pet owner, you want to make sure that your beloved dog or cat is protected from serious diseases. The best way to do that is through routine pet vaccinations.
At DPC Veterinary Hospital, we offer a full schedule of vaccinations for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. We believe in preventative care, which is why we strive to make our Fort Lauderdale pet vaccination services accessible to all. In addition to providing low-cost vaccinations, we also offer puppy and kitten vaccination packages and microchip implantation/registration packages, as well as senior wellness specials for older cats and dogs.
If you’re interested in learning more about vaccinating your dog or cat, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our team, please call (954) 516-1654 or reach us online using our secure contact form.
Why Vaccinate Your Pet?
Vaccinations are scientifically proven to prevent numerous illnesses, diseases, and related medical conditions in both humans and animals. When you vaccinate your pet, you protect them from a variety of infections, many of which can have serious consequences. Some illnesses can even be passed from animals to humans, putting you, your pet, and your entire family at risk.
Vaccinations are also extremely cost-effective when compared to the cost of treating preventable pet illnesses. This is especially true if your pet develops a disease that requires emergency care, surgery, ongoing treatment, or extended rehabilitation.
While vaccinations do not prevent pet illnesses entirely, they do significantly decrease the likelihood of future infection and help reduce the severity of symptoms should your pet become ill. This means that your pet may experience less discomfort than he or she would otherwise without being vaccinated.
It’s also important to be aware of pet vaccination laws in your area. Many counties and cities require certain vaccinations, and boarding facilities, dog parks, and other areas where animals may interact could require you to ensure your pet not only has the proper vaccinations but also the necessary boosters and documentation.
Common Infectious Diseases in Household Pets & Their Vaccines
Dogs, cats, and other household pets are at risk of being exposed to and developing all types of diseases. These diseases can be transferred between animals in social settings, like dog parks, or through urine and/or feces. Some pet illnesses can even spread to humans.
Some of the most common pet infections that can be combatted with vaccines include:
- Canine parvovirus infection (“parvo”)
- Canine influenza
- Canine parainfluenza
- Canine distemper
- Feline distemper (panleukopenia)
- Heartworm disease
- Bordetellosis/Bordetella (“kennel cough”)
- Canine enteric coronavirus
- Canine adenovirus-2
- Lyme disease
- Intestinal worms, such as hookworm or tapeworms
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
- Feline leukemia
Even pets that spend the majority—or all—of their time indoors should be vaccinated, as airborne illnesses can enter the home and potentially infect your pet.
Our veterinary team can recommend the proper vaccination schedule for your dog or cat. In addition to offering core vaccines, we offer routine boosters and specialty vaccinations for pets in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the surrounding areas.
Risks & Side Effects of Pet Vaccinations
The risks and side effects of pet vaccinations are generally very mild. In fact, vaccinating your pet against common illnesses is considered a low-risk procedure.
However, there are certain side effects your cat or dog may experience after receiving a vaccine or booster, such as:
- Localized swelling
- Slight fever
- Cold-like symptoms
Severe side effects are rare but may occur. You should seek immediate medical attention if your pet experiences excessive itching, facial swelling, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, or difficulty breathing. Serious reactions typically occur immediately after a vaccine is administered, but they may arise up to 48 hours later.
At DPC Veterinary Hospital, we carefully monitor your pet after administering vaccines to ensure their safety. We take the time to provide high-quality follow-up care for your pet’s health and your peace of mind. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide any additional information prior to your pet’s procedure.
Staying Up to Date on Your Pet’s Vaccinations
In addition to ensuring your dog or cat receives his or her core vaccines, it’s important that you stay up to date with his or her vaccination schedule. Some vaccines require routine boosters; our veterinarians and veterinary staff can assist you in scheduling necessary booster appointments as needed.
Our main goal here at DPC Veterinary Hospital is to promote your pet’s overall health. With proper preventative care, including routine vaccinations and boosters, you can make sure that your furry friend lives a long, healthy, and happy life.
Call (954) 516-1654 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for pet vaccinations in Fort Lauderdale or the nearby areas.
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“Every time I had an emergency, concern, or even a simple question, DPC made the reasonable accommodation and efforts to help us. For that, I am so grateful.”- Mireysa
“The vet recommend things for my doggie that were logical and for her best interests that my previous vet never mentioned. I was really impressed with the treatment plan for her and with the text the next day seeing if I had any other questions.”- Elizabeth B.
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