In addition to our outstanding health care, we at Lone Tree Animal Care Center in Omaha are proud to provide a myriad of general pet health and wellness services, including preventative pet care.

Preventative pet care is an essential component of pet health and wellness. It includes ensuring a pet is on the right diet, getting the right amount of exercise for healthy muscle development, and ensuring the pet is on the correct vaccination schedule.

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Why Vaccinations Are Important

Also referred to as inoculations and immunizations, vaccinations are the act of introducing a vaccine into the body. A vaccine uses a killed or weakened version of the microbe that causes a virus or disease. It essentially trains the body’s immune system to protect against a living version of the microbe. This helps prevent pets from ever getting the virus and reduces the severity of the illness if they still catch it.

Vaccinations are necessary because certain viruses can cause severe issues and complications in your pet when left untreated. Some viruses left in the system for too long can eventually become untreatable. Not only do you vaccinate to protect your pet, but you also vaccinate to protect all other pets. When your pet is vaccinated, you help prevent a virus from being spread and potentially killing someone else’s pet.

How Often Does A Pet Need to Be Vaccinated?

Some types of vaccinations happen only once during a pet’s lifetime, like booster vaccinations. Other vaccinations must be done on an annual vaccination schedule or once every two or three years. Additionally, what type and how many vaccinations are needed for your pet depends on your pet’s species (dogs need more vaccinations than cats) and what region you are in or your pet’s lifestyle.

Core and Non-Core Vaccines

Core vaccines for dogs include rabies shots, vaccines for distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Core vaccines for cats include protection against rabies, feline distemper, feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus. There are other vaccinations available for cats and dogs that may be recommended depending on your pet’s circumstances. We offer non-core vaccines that protect against parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, leukemia, and canine influenza.

Contact Our Team to Learn More About Veterinary Care for Your Pet in Omaha

We at Lone Tree Animal Care Center know how much you care for your pet. That’s why we are passionate about finding the best health care for your animal. If you live in Omaha and Council Bluffs, contact us today to see how we can help you and your animal. We will find the right vaccination treatment for your pet. Contact us today to book an appointment.

Vaccines FAQs

Have you ever had a question about vaccines for your pet but were too afraid to ask? You’re not alone. Many pet owners have questions about the best way to protect their furry friends from disease. At Lone Tree Animal Care Center in Omaha, we believe that education is key. That is why Dr. Emily and our team have compiled a list of the most common vaccine questions that we run into.

Why Should My Pet Get Vaccinated?

Why should your pet get vaccinated? After all, your furry friend seems perfectly healthy. Isn’t it better to just wait and see if there is a problem? In many cases, the answer is no. Getting your pet vaccinated is one of the best things you can do for his health. Let’s look at a few reasons why.

  • Vaccines protect against the spread of contagious illnesses and diseases.
  • Vaccines are viewed as preventative healthcare services which control severe issues later in life.
  • Getting your pet vaccinated is required, and you are helping the community as a whole.
What Are Core and Non-Core Vaccines?

Did you know that there are core and non-core vaccines for your pet? Vaccines are important to help protect your pet from potentially deadly diseases, so it is important to understand the difference between the two types. Core vaccines are considered essential vaccines while non-core vaccines are recommended depending on your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors. It is important to discuss your goals regarding vaccinations with our veterinarian so we can make an informed decision on what your pet needs.

Are Vaccines Safe for Pets?

There is always a minor risk that some pets may have an adverse reaction. However, research is overwhelmingly positive that supports getting pets vaccinated. Most pets only have some tenderness where the injection was given or they may become sleepy for a few hours.

Why Do Older Pets Need to be Vaccinated Too?

Veterinarians recommend that pet owners continue to vaccinate their older pets. Many people mistakenly believe that once a pet reaches a certain age, they no longer need vaccinations. However, this is not the case. Older pets still need to be vaccinated to stay protected against diseases. Combined with annual pet exams, it is one of the best ways to make sure your furry friend has a long and healthy life.