Protecting Your Pet from Disease and Illness
Vaccines are a safe, effective, and important part of preventive care for your animal companion. There are several reasons why Hill Country Animal Hospital recommends you vaccinate your pet:
Protecting the health of your pet
Advances in veterinary medicine have made common and fatal diseases now easily preventable.
Protecting the health of you and your loved ones
Pets can sometimes contract dangerous and difficult-to-treat illnesses.
Our practice prides itself on staying up-to-date with the most recent veterinary science to ensure that we are aware of emerging illnesses, recent outbreaks, and new vaccines. We tailor our vaccine regimen to AAHA guidelines, the lifestyle of your pet, and the diseases he or she may encounter. We offer a variety of routine and specialty vaccinations, depending on the needs of your pet.
For dogs, we offer vaccines for common diseases or illnesses he or she may encounter, including:
- Upper respiratory virus
- Bordetella, depending on the lifestyle of the pet
We also offer specialty vaccines for diseases or infections that commonly occur in the San Antonio region. These include a vaccine for the Canine Influenza Virus, as well as a vaccine for Western Diamondback rattlesnake bites. This particular vaccine helps your dog produce antibodies that lessen the effect of the bite. Our hospital highly recommends vaccination against rattlesnake bites, for dogs at risk, as it gives owners more time to seek emergency medical treatment for their dog.
For cats, we also offer routine vaccines, including:
- Feline leukemia, depending on the lifestyle of the pet
Pets may experience short-term side effects from the vaccination, such as sluggishness or reduced appetite. On rare occasions, more serious side effects may develop. These may include:
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Hives, or itchy skin that may seem bumpy
- Swollen muzzle or swelling around the face, neck, or eyes
- Severe coughing
- Difficulty breathing
We recommend that you monitor your pet after he or she receives a vaccination. If symptoms do appear, please don’t hesitate to contact us with concerns or questions. If our clinic is closed, we recommend contacting MissionVet Specialty & Emergency for after-hours emergency care.
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