Riverview, FL veterinary team, answers questions about pet vaccinations

Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital in Riverview, FL, is well equipped to treat most illnesses of companion animals. However, we would rather help you, and your pet avoid the distress of those situations. Vaccinations are a vital part of that strategy.

What are pet shots?

A vaccine contains organisms that cause disease in a killed or weakened state. Introducing your pet to a pathogen in this carefully controlled manner, by injection or other means, stimulates the animal’s immune system. Your pet’s own body begins to produce antibodies to ward off the threat, just as if the animal had been exposed to the disease. Except there is an important distinction – the vaccine builds immunity without causing illness. Inoculations do not treat or cure disease. Instead, they prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Are vaccinations safe?

Dog and cat vaccinations have a long track record for safety. The veterinary biologics used at Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (roughly the equivalent of FDA approval for a human vaccine). Our veterinarians are experienced in prescribing the optimal dose tailored to your pet’s needs.

Kittens’ and puppies’ first shots should begin at about six to eight weeks of age. At that point, they are usually weaned and no longer receive antibodies from the mother’s milk. Then, periodic boosters maintain antibody levels, keeping adult pets protected throughout life. Vaccines can be safely administered to older animals or those with medical issues to avoid further health complications that could be life-threatening.

Are inoculations required?

The rabies vaccine for dogs and cats is required by law. We have a recommended list of other vaccines, and there are additional discretionary inoculations you may choose depending on your pet’s environment and lifestyle. Thus, most vaccines are not a legal responsibility, but they are cost-effective compared to treating disease or illness. Plus, they help to protect other animals in your household from exposure.

All pet owners who live near Riverview, Brandon, Bloomingdale, Ybor City, Tampa Bay, and Wesley Chapel area call Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital in Riverview, FL, to schedule pet vaccinations. The number is (813) 670-8881. Be sure to ask about our pet wellness plans to fit the cost of vaccinations and routine pet healthcare affordably into your budget. (You also get discounts on other services.)

Meet Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital

Dr. Keshava Eega
Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital

Dr. Keshava Eega moved to the United States in 2003 to further his passion for practicing high-quality and modern veterinary medicine in a challenging environment. Having graduated from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, India, he then completed his Master’s in Animal Science and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam in 2006. Dr. Eega then completed his clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently obtained his license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida. Dr. Eega possesses thirteen years of experience in corporate practice in Orlando as both an Associate Veterinarian and a Lead Doctor. Through the course of his tenure, he has gained vast and widespread experience and exposure in both the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine and soft tissue surgeries. He also possesses professional interests in preventive care, senior pet care, skin cases, nutrition, behavior and wellness exams, particularly for both cats and dogs. Dr. Eega also possesses Fear Free certification which enables him to rid pets, owners and even veterinary health care teams of fear, stress, and anxiety. Hence, in the hands of Dr. Eega, you can be assured that your pet receives modern, customized care in a comfortable environment!

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