Vaccines In McKinney, TX

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About Vaccines

Your pet is likely to come across many different diseases during its lifetime, but vaccinations are a step toward preventing these illnesses. Vaccines contain a weakened version of the disease that helps boost the immune system. At Pet Method, Dr. Hunter Finn provides the most up-to-date vaccinations to protect against current diseases in cats and dogs. During your visit, he will recommend a vaccine schedule based on the needs of your pet. We understand many pets are fearful of shots, but our staff is trained to use calming techniques that will help your pet feel more at ease. To learn more about vaccines contact our McKinney, TX vet clinic today.

What are the Benefits of Vaccines?

We understand that many pet parents are hesitant to vaccinate their furry friends, but vaccinations come with many benefits. Vaccines help boost the immune system, which is important in protecting your cat or dog from disease. They also reduce the severity of symptoms if your pet does contract a disease. Pet Method is proud to offer the most up-to-date vaccines available to keep your pet healthy and safe for life. We also make the process as stress-free as possible.

Vaccines We Offer

Pet Method offers vaccines for the most common diseases in felines and canines. Most of the time, your pet can receive their first vaccination at six weeks of age and then continue to receive shots throughout the first year of life. After that, boosters are usually given each year. Dr. Finn will provide the correct vaccination schedule according to your pet's age, breed, and lifestyle. All pets will need to receive core vaccines while specialty vaccines are based on your pet's lifestyle and risk of exposure to certain illnesses.

Core vaccines for dogs include:

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine distemper
  • Bordetella

Core vaccines for cats include:

  • Calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Rabies
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
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What Should I Expect After My Pet's Vaccines?

After your pet receives his or her vaccine(s), we may ask you to stick around for about 30 minutes so we can be aware of any reactions they might have. After returning home, they may experience some mild side effects. These could include:

  • Discomfort and swelling at the shot site
  • Low-grade fever
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose

These symptoms should dissipate within a day or two. If they do not, don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Finn and the team at Pet Method. While you probably hate seeing your pet under the weather, the risk of serious side effects or reactions is minimal, and the vaccines administered at our McKinney, TX clinic are proven to protect your feline or canine friend.

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    Vaccinate Your Pet

    When it comes to protecting the health of your pet, vaccines are a key aspect of preventive care. Make sure your dog or cat stays up to date on their vaccinations by scheduling a visit to Pet Method. Dr. Finn can provide more information on the recommended vaccination schedule and answer any other questions you may have. Contact our friendly team in McKinney, TX to book your appointment.

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    Vaccines FAQs

    Cats and dogs typically get their first round of vaccinations at around six weeks. They will continue to receive shots during their first year. After that, they will get regular boosters once a year according to breed, age, risks, and lifestyle.

    Yes, some are. Most state and local governments require that all pets (both cats and dogs) be vaccinated for rabies. Because rabies is highly contagious and can be fatal, you will be required to vaccinate your pet against it. This is especially important if you live in a rural area. In both pets and humans, once symptoms of rabies present (excessive salivation and drooling, fever, vomiting, agitation, hallucinations, difficulty drinking liquids, etc.) it is always fatal.

    Core vaccines are the vaccinations that all pets will receive regardless of breed, lifestyle, and other factors. For dogs, these include rabies, bordetella, parvo, distemper, and hepatitis. For cats, these include rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, feline distemper, and calicivirus. Non-core vaccines are given to animals that are at a higher risk, including animals that live in rural areas, spend time outdoors, and pets who are frequently kenneled.

    Yes, they generally are. Vaccines for pets go through the same rigorous testing and trials that human vaccines do. While any medication or vaccine can present some degree of risk, the health benefits for your pet (and you) far outweigh any minor risks. Typical side effects from a vaccination can include swelling or soreness around the injection site, lethargy, and fever. However, the risks for serious and possibly fatal life-threatening diseases can be very high if your pet is not vaccinated.