It is normal for pet owners to be concerned if vaccinations are safe and effective for their pets. At Crosspointe Animal Hospital, we provide pets in Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, and the surrounding areas with quality veterinary care, which often includes vaccinations. We have gathered a few of the questions that we run into regarding pet vaccinations.

Why Should Pets Be Vaccinated?

Vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious diseases that can often be deadly. They stimulate the immune system, so your pet is better equipped to fend off these diseases.

What Vaccines Should My Pet Have?

Vaccines can be broken down into core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccinations are agreed by veterinarians to be needed for all pets to protect them from severe diseases.

Core vaccines for dogs: Rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and canine hepatitis

Core vaccines for cats: Feline distemper, feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus, and rabies

Non-core vaccines depend a lot on your pet's current medical condition and lifestyle. We work with our clients and make a recommendation based on your individual pet.

When Should My Pet Be Vaccinated?

Our veterinary professionals will help determine the timing and frequency of your pet's vaccinations. You should expect puppies and kittens to start receiving vaccines around 6-8 weeks of age. Follow-up wellness visits with our veterinarians can help determine when your pet should return for more vaccinations. Typically, they can be completed as part of your pet’s annual wellness exam.

Are Vaccines Safe For My Pet?

The overwhelming majority of pets will have no adverse reactions to a vaccine. Studies have proven that they are an important aspect of an animal’s overall health and well-being. Most pets only have some level of tenderness around the injection site or may be lethargic for a few hours, which are normal reactions.

Contact Our Veterinarians at Crosspointe Animal Hospital

Our veterinarians are dedicated to your pet’s health. We are available to answer any questions that you have about vaccinations or any other aspect of veterinary care. If you live in or around Fairfax Station, Clifton, or Lorton, call our team today at (703) 690-6600 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.