Dog & Cat Vaccinations in Garner
Vaccinations are crucial to protecting the health of your dog, cat, family and the Garner community. It isn’t hard for a rodent, rabbit or other animal to transmit disease to an unvaccinated pet. Our staff at Garner Animal Hospital is ready to administer medicines to help prevent disease and infection in your pet.
In general, vaccines work by preparing the body’s immune system to fight off disease. They mimic the disease-causing organism but don't actually cause illness. When introduced, the immune system reacts, and if at some future time your furry friend is exposed to the real disease, its defenses are prepared to fight it.
Rabies is a deadly disease that attacks the central nervous system. In North Carolina, it is commonly found in raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, wolves, coyotes and groundhogs. It can be transmitted to small animals, cows, horses and people. State law requires that all owned kittens, puppies and ferrets receive shots by four months of age. In addition, booster shots are required to ensure that the medicine remains effective.
Additional vaccines that we provide include:
- Kennel cough, which is administered to protect dogs against contracting upper respiratory disease.
- Parvo or a combo vaccine that includes distemper should be given to your puppy and again to adult dogs every so many years.
- Leptospirosis is recommended annually for dogs that spend most of their time outside. If your pup lives indoors, the shot may not be required.
- Feline leukemia virus is recommended for most kittens and for adult felines that are at risk
Protect Your Puppy & Kitten
Our Garner staff would be more than happy to handle your pet vaccinations or pet boarding needs if your animal friend needs to recover from a procedure. Give us a call at 919-772-0404 if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment.