The Importance of Vaccinations

At Forever Vets Animal Hospital in Orlando, we believe in a proactive approach to your pet's health. When you come to see us, a professional and friendly veterinarian will be able to determine what that means for your pet in particular. There are many different optional forms of veterinary care, but when it comes to vaccinations, why are they so important? To answer that, we need to go into a bit more detail.


How Vaccines Work

A vaccine is a preventative measure to increase your animal's ability to fight off a particular disease or infection. From Parvo to heartworms and everything in between, these vaccines and treatments will help your furry friend be strong enough and resilient in the event that they come in contact with an infection or disease. There are a few different types of vaccines that are available. One will put a controlled amount of live bacteria into your animal's system. This will create a safe way for your pet to be able to respond to the issue, but also create a sense of memory if it happens again. Your pet will vastly improve its ability to fight off the bacteria on a larger scale later.

Other vaccines might use only dead bacteria, which will also give your pet an ability to identify and react to that bacteria. Because the bacteria has already been in your pet’s system, your pet’s body will not shut down if it enters again later on in life. The last type of vaccine is a toxoid. This will teach your pet’s immune system how to respond to a disease or a virus that produces poison. Similar to the other two vaccines, it will create a controlled environment for your pet's immune system to learn to be resilient against bacteria and disease.

Vaccines Will Make Your Pet Tired Temporarily

For a few hours after receiving a vaccination, your pet might seem a bit sluggish or less interested in playtime. While you might see a less enthusiastic pet on the outside, your animal is hard at work on the inside. Depending on the vaccination, there could be different side effects, none of which are remotely as bad as the disease or the infection that the vaccination is intended to prevent. Ask your veterinarian how your pet might respond to any vaccination that they are receiving, so you will not be caught off guard when you take them home.

Vaccinations and Veterinary Care in Orlando

Vaccinations are incredibly important to the overall well-being of your pet. Call us at (407) 930-5151 or come and see us at Forever Vets Animal Hospital in Orlando to keep your pet protected.

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