Just as humans benefit from vaccinations to stay healthy, our pets are the same! Simple vaccines are one of the easiest ways to prolong your pet’s life and help protect them from different illnesses. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to vaccinations and we are happy to work with you to find a vaccination schedule that works well for your pet, offering our guidance and knowledge every step of the way.
Vaccines are beneficial for preparing your pet’s immune system to fight disease-fighting organisms. The vaccine fluid contains only a tiny piece of the disease-causing infectious organism or a version of the organism that is dead or very weak, and typically does not cause the disease we are vaccinating against. Instead, just the opposite happens. The vaccine’s altered infectious organism “teaches” the dog’s protective immune system to make specific antibodies against these germs so it can fight off a similar infectious organism if it is encountered in the future. In most cases, it means the dog won’t get the illness at all, however, sometimes they can still get a mild case of the illness. For example, this can happen with kennel cough in dogs or chicken pox in children.
Our vet will work with you to determine the best vaccination schedule to keep your pet safe. Factors include the type of vaccine, how old your pet is, their medical history, the environment in which they live and their overall lifestyle.
Core Vaccines for Pets in Illinois
Core vaccines are considered to be vital to the health and wellbeing of your pet based on both teir risk of exposure in addition to the transmissability to humans. For cats, core vaccines include feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, feline rhinotraceitis and rabies. For dogs, core vaccines include canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. Illinois law also requires that every owner of a dog or cat over 4 months old requires a rabies vaccine in addition to receiving one within the first year of the original. Our team will provide your new family member with the necessary vaccinations and ensure they stay up-to-date throughout the course of their lives.
What are Titer Tests?
As pet parents become more concerned about over-vaccinating their pets, you may have heard of titer tests increasing in popularity. Titer testing determines whether or not your pet has a sufficient amount of antibodies to help protect them from viruses for which they have previously received vaccinations. The test itself occurs through a blood test that measures the number of antibodies in your pet’s system. In the case that there is a sufficient amount of antibodies leftover, some pet parents may choose to opt out of boosters or other annual vaccinations. It’s important to note that titer tests don’t cover canine leptospirosis, bordatella or Lyme disease because of the short-term protection that these vaccines provide.
Turn to our experts at Urban PetRx with further questions about vaccines for your cat or dog.