Vaccinating your pet keeps your pet healthy by preventing dangerous infectious diseases. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that are unvaccinated.
Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease. Rabies vaccine is required by law in Illinois. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits, living conditions, health issues and other variables change. At Crestwood Animal Clinic, we consider all these factors to determine which vaccines your pet should have.
Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. We will develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, risk for exposure to infectious disease, and other factors. These factors may change over time, so we will review your pet’s vaccination plan with you at each wellness exam. Discuss with us what you have planned for your pet’s life in the months ahead and what has happened in the past. Information about vaccination reactions in the past is of critical importance for your pet’s safety during future vaccinations, so be sure to discuss your pet’s vaccination history with us.