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Whether you have bought a new puppy or kitten into your life or have adopted an older one, our veterinarian in Knoxville TN cannot express enough just how important getting your furry friend on a proper vaccination schedule is to their well-being. Pet vaccinations in Knoxville play a vital role in protecting your pet from serious and even fatal illnesses and diseases. Here at Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, we offer a complete regimen of both core and non-core pet vaccinations to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy for a lifetime.
Newborn pups and kittens borrow protective antibodies from their mom’s milk to help prevent many contagious and illnesses. However, those antibodies expire at about the age of six to eight weeks, and that is when our vet in Knoxville recommends that young animals come in for their first set of vaccinations. We will need to see them every three to four weeks until they reach about four months of age to administer essential booster shots. Vaccines essentially jump start the body’s immunity to specific diseases and health threats. They are replicas of the specific disease they intend to prevent, which produces antibodies that provide a barrier in case the virus tries to enter the bloodstream.
Core vaccines are considered to be the essential shots your pet should receive in order to protect them from some of the most common and deadly pet illnesses. Many core vaccinations are able to be administered in one simple injection to reduce trauma and discomfort to your pet. Non-core vaccinations are those that may be recommended by our veterinarian in Knoxville TN depending on your pet’s lifestyle.
Dog core vaccinations recommended by our vet include rabies, distemper, parvovirus and canine adenovirus shots. Non-core vaccines may include a bordetella shot to prevent a kennel cough, coronavirus, Lyme disease and a preventive for canine influenza. Canine influenza is a more recent problem in dogs, so we highly advise owners to consider this non-core shot. Core vaccinations for cats include rabies, feline herpes virus, feline panleukopenia, and feline calicivirus shots. Cats may further benefit from vaccines for feline leukemia, feline HIV, bordetella bronchiseptica and chlamydophilia felis.
Are you ready to help provide your four-legged friend with a lifetime of protection against some of the most common pet illnesses and diseases? Don’t delay making an appointment for pet vaccinations in Knoxville at Bluegrass Animal Hospital. Contact us today at 865-694-8387 to schedule an appointment with our vet in Knoxville.
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