Take it from our veterinarian: Vaccinations to prevent common pet illnesses are much cheaper than treating a disease! Vaccines are an important preventative measure to help your pet enjoy a long and healthy life. And the good news is that Baystate Mobile Veterinary Services, serving Charlton, MA, and the surrounding areas, can come directly to your location to administer pet vaccinations.
Mandatory Rabies Vaccines in Charlton, MA
It's required under Massachusetts State law that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies. This law applies to every dog and cat over the age of six months, even if your pet never ventures outdoors. The rabies vaccine should be re-administered once every year or every three years after the first time.
Core Vaccines and Non-Core Vaccines
Core vaccines are the ones that the majority of dogs or cats are prone to catching. Non-core vaccines protect against illnesses that your pet may be less likely to encounter. Administrating vaccines all depends on you and your pet's lifestyle and health. For example, a cat that never ventures outside the house will likely be fine without receiving the non-core vaccines. On the other hand, if you have a dog that boards quite often with other animals, you might want to strongly consider the non-core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are usually only recommended for pets with a high or extreme risk of exposure to those illnesses.
Vaccines for Dogs
In addition to rabies, the core vaccines for dogs include parvovirus, distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis. These vaccines are administered on a certain schedule that our veterinarian can discuss with you. Non-core canine vaccines include Bordetella, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis.
A possible vaccination schedule for the 'average' dog is shown below. Dog Vaccination Schedule Age Vaccination 5 weeks Parvovirus: for puppies at high risk of exposure to parvo, some veterinarians recommend vaccinating at 5 weeks.
Vaccines for Cats
For felines, the core vaccinations are rabies, feline distemper, feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus. The non-core vaccines for cats include chlamydia felis, feline immunodeficiency virus, and Bordetella. It's highly recommended that outdoor cats receive the non-core vaccinations.
Possible Side Effects of Pet Vaccines
Most pets will not experience an adverse reaction to vaccines, but it is still a minor possibility. Reactions can include swelling or redness near the injection site, reduced appetite, reduced energy, or a fever. If any of these symptoms continue for more than 24 to 48 hours, contact our mobile veterinarian.
Call Baystate Mobile Veterinary Services for Pet Vaccinations
If you have a dog or cat that needs to be vaccinated, we would be happy to help! Contact Baystate Mobile Veterinary Services, serving Charlton, MA, and surrounding areas, at 774-262-7679 to have our veterinarian come to your home to administer your pet's vaccines.