At Animal Health Services of Columbus, MS, our veterinarian will help you keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date. We'd like you to know why inoculations are so important and our approach to developing an individualized care plan that suits your pet’s needs.
How Vaccinations Are Beneficial
Vaccines can help your pet's body protect him or her from serious diseases that can cause significant issues and potentially death. While your pet can still get sick after being vaccinated, symptoms will be less severe.
Core Vs. Non-Core Vaccines
Your pet doesn't need every vaccine out there to stay healthy. We take an individualized approach to this area of your pet's health and wellness. Core vaccines, such as the rabies vaccine, are required by law for all pets. Non-core vaccines are recommended based on your pet’s breed, location, and lifestyle.
Our veterinary professional understands that not all vaccines, even core ones, are safe for all pets. Therefore, we look at your pet's medical history report and assess his or her risk. In some cases, we recommend skipping over certain inoculations if the risks outweigh the benefits. Side effects tend to be mild and occur because your pet's immune system is growing stronger to eventually fight those diseases if he or she should acquire that particular illness. Examples of potential side effects include increased sleepiness, fever, and decreased appetite.
Working With You
We encourage you to ask any questions you may have. If you don't know when vaccines are due for your dog or cat, we can inform you of the schedule and ensure you stay on track. This ensures your pet is protected. Vaccines can prevent serious complications in your pet, and we strongly urge our pet parents to visit us for routine vaccinations as soon as possible after welcoming a new pet into the home.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Columbus, MS
Schedule an appointment with Animal Health Services of Columbus by calling us today at (662) 328-2821.