Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinating your pet is one of the best things you can do to prevent it from contracting a serious illness. Vaccines prevent diseases like rabies and parvovirus, both of which are fatal for many animals. Our veterinarians at Prairie Creek Pet Hospital in Sioux Falls provide quality veterinary care, including vaccinations. Let’s take a look at some of the common questions that we run into regarding vaccinations.

What Is a Vaccine?

Vaccines are designed to protect your pets from a variety of life-threatening illnesses. When your pet receives a vaccine, its immune system is stimulated. It creates antibodies that will fight an infection if it is ever introduced into your pet's system. Essentially, a vaccine gives your pet's body the blueprint needed to fight back against a health issue in the future.

What Vaccines Do Dogs Need?

Your veterinarian will recommend several core vaccines. They include vaccines to prevent rabies, parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, and parainfluenza. Non-core vaccines may be recommended based on your dog's health and lifestyle.

What Vaccines Do Cats Need?

Cats also require core vaccines, which include those against rabies, distemper, calicivirus, and rhinotracheitis. Your cat may need additional vaccines if it goes outside or is exposed to other cats at a boarding facility.

Do Indoor Pets Need Vaccinations?

Indoor pets should be vaccinated. The vet will recommend that your pet is vaccinated during regular wellness exams at our animal hospital. Preventative pet care can help your cat or dog avoid a potentially life-threatening disease.

Make a Vaccination Appointment for Your Pet in Sioux Falls, SD

Our veterinarians at Prairie Creek Pet Hospital provide the quality care that pets need to live long and healthy lives. Call our team today at (605) 339-8900 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians for your pet’s vaccinations.

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