If your dog or cat needs to get vaccinated soon, here are three things that you need to be aware of.
#1 Not All Vaccinations Are Essential
The first thing that you need to be aware of is that not all vaccinations are essential. There are a number of vaccinations that are elective or based on circumstances, such as if your pet is around other animals or if you live in an area with Lyme dieses.
Sit down with your vet and go over which vaccinations are essential for your pet and which are elective. Be sure to ask for rationalization for any elective vaccination that your vet recommends. Remember, it is up to you which elective vaccinations to ultimately give your pet.
#2 Be Aware Of The Side Effects
Second, make sure that you get a list of all the side effects for any vaccination that your pet receives. The most general side effects include being sore where they got the injections, lethargy for a day, light fever, and a disinterest in eating anything. However, some vaccinations have much more serious side effects, such anaphylactic shock, which presents as vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and shakes.
When you take your pet in for vaccinations, you need to make sure that you can be around to keep an eye on your pet in the hour and day following their vaccination, when side effects are most likely to develop. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from serious side effects, get them help immediately. If your pet suffers from mild side effects for more than a day or so, you should also seek help.
#3 Be Informed About Follow-Up Appointments
Finally, make sure that you know how the vaccination works. Some vaccinations are actually a part of a multi-part series that will require you to go back every couple of months and allow your pet to get additional shots to complete the vaccination treatment and ensure that the treatment is effective. You need to make sure that you will be in town for all of the follow-up appointments.
Other vaccinations require boaster shots. Oftentimes, these booster shots are not needed for a couple of years, so you really need to stay on top of this information.
Before you let your pet get vaccinated, make sure you know what vaccinations are required and which are elective, the side effects to be on the lookout for, as well as what follow up treatments and appointments will be necessary. Contact a veterinarian like Robert Irelan DVM for additional information.Share
28 March 2017
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