Dependable Pet Vaccinations in Gastonia
Vaccinations play a crucial role in protecting your cat or dog from harmful and potentially deadly diseases. At Dickson Animal Clinic, we're proud to provide your pet with the vital vaccinations they need in a compassionate environment. We look forward to meeting you and showing you the difference we can make in your pet's life.
Our veterinary practice has provided vaccinations to cats and dogs in Gastonia for decades. We emphasize affordability and will work with your unique budget to determine a payment option that works best for you. From rabies to feline leukemia, our practice has vaccinations for your pet. Contact us today to schedule your pet's next appointment with our friendly staff!
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Does My Pet Need Vaccinations?
Each year, countless pet owners put off getting their pets vaccinated. They place their pet at risk of contracting contagious and deadly diseases that can take significant emotional and financial tolls. Vaccines are designed to activate protective immune responses in your pet to prepare them to fight off future infections and disease-causing bacteria. Additionally, vaccines lessen their severity if your pet contracts a virus or disease.
Our cat and dog vaccinations in Gastonia have numerous benefits, including:
An Emphasis on Affordability
At Dickson Animal Clinic, our veterinary practice was founded with affordability in mind. We understand that providing your pet with one or more vaccinations can quickly become expensive. That's why we've competitively priced our services so that you can get your pet the treatment they need without significantly impacting your finances. Additionally, our office offers CareCredit®, which allows you to pay off your pet's veterinary bills in manageable increments
Our Extensive Canine Vaccinations
We recommend beginning vaccinations for your dog when they're a puppy. Although your puppy may have endless energy and enthusiasm for life, they're highly susceptible to dangerous diseases and viruses. Your puppy receives crucial . from its mother's milk, but there's a gap in protection as they move away from it. Our Gastonia dog vaccinations include, but are not limited to:
- Bordetella: This vaccination is first given to puppies at nine weeks old. A booster shot is required every 6 to 12 months and helps prevent kennel cough.
- Heartworm: One of the most common diseases for dogs is heartworm. Foot-long parasitic worms can enter your dog's body and result in lung complications, heart failure, organ damage, and death. We'll perform a yearly heartworm test and provide treatment if it's detected.
- Lyme Disease: This disease is caused by Lyme-carrying ticks and is prevalent in areas with wilderness. Our practice will first provide your dog with the vaccine at 12 weeks old and provide annual boosters.
Skilled Feline Vaccinations
Whether you have a kitten or adult cat, it's vital that you vaccinate them to protect them from health complications and lengthen their expected lifespan. Depending on your cat's age, lifestyle, and overall health condition, we offer various vaccinations to meet their unique needs. We'll also weigh whether your cat is at a higher risk for contracting certain diseases and viruses. Our Gastonia cat vaccinations include, but are not limited to:
- Feline Herpesvirus: This highly contagious virus is considered dangerous because of its effects, including conjunctivitis and fever. Feline herpesvirus can go into a latent state and cause no noticeable signs. Our practice will provide your cat with an initial vaccination and annual boosters. Additionally, we can test for the virus at any time.
- Feline Leukemia: Feline leukemia is the number one cause of death in cats. We'll administer an initial vaccine at 12 weeks old and provide yearly boosters once they reach 15 to 16 weeks.
- Rabies: This preventable disease is transmitted through the bite of infected animals. If contracted, it results in inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and is 100% fatal. We can begin your cat's initial vaccination around 12 weeks old. Afterward, they may require a booster every three years.
Pet Vaccination FAQs
It's normal to have countless questions about pet vaccinations. Our veterinary team is here to answer any questions you may have. Some frequently asked questions include:
If your pet spends most of its day indoors, they have very few opportunities to get exposed to various disease and infections. However, if your pet spends a lot of time outside and interacting with other pets, it may require more vaccinations than a homebody pet.
Although it's normal for most pets to experience little to no side effects following vaccination, you should contact us if you notice any of the following signs:
- Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
- Labored breathing
- Itchy skin
- Swelling of the muzzle or around the face, neck, and eyes
Booster vaccinations help keep your pet's immune system prepared to fight diseases and infections. Most vaccinations require booster shots but the duration between them may vary.
Gentle Dog & Cat Vaccinations in Gastonia
Whether you own a puppy or a senior cat, vaccinations play a crucial role in protecting them against harmful diseases and viruses. At Dickson Animal Clinic, we're proud to provide skilled vaccinations in a welcoming and comforting environment. We look forward to meeting you and your pet and beginning a trusted personal and professional relationship. Call us today to get the cat and dog vaccinations in Gastonia you need!
CALL US: (704) 824-9160 REQUEST APPOINTMENT