Howell Animal Hospital NEW ADDRESS:
2461 Highway 9 North
Howell, NJ 07731
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Sat: 9am-3pm
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pet vaccinations at Howell Animal Hospital in NJ

Canine & Feline Vaccinations, Howell Animal Hospital

Canine & Feline Vaccinations, Howell, NJ

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Dog/Cat Vaccinations

General Information

Vaccinating your dog/cat is a simple procedure that is routinely done by all veterinarians. Vaccinations are safe, effective and well worth the financial commitment. Many diseases that were once considered fatal to dogs are now under control due to the use of modern vaccines.

When vaccinations are administered, the body produces substances called antibodies. These antibodies are produced by cells (called lymphocytes) which originate in the bone marrow and multiply in the lymph nodes. When the actual disease agent is encountered by the dog's body, these lymphocytes respond very quickly, and produce antibodies that neutralize the disease. This rapid production of antibodies is only possible if the animal had been previously vaccinated.

We try to vaccinate dogs against the diseases that are mostly found in our community and locality, so our recommendation is to vaccinate against Lyme Disease, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Lepto. Although we don’t see distemper disease too often, we still recommend that the distemper vaccine is given, because it has some other important vaccines in it like Lepto, Parvo and Adneo viruses that protect the dog from Hepatitis.

Young puppies are usually given their first set of vaccinations at six to eight weeks of age. Additional vaccinations are given every three to four weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. Recent evidence shows that the Parvovirus vaccination should be continued even longer, especially with certain breeds of dogs. Thereafter, an annual or biannual vaccination is administered.

For indoor cats, we recommend testing for Feline Leukemia and AIDS first, then we examine the cat if it has upper/lower respiratory disease, vometing or diarrhea. Cats also need to be vaccinated against common diseases like feline distemper (Calici Virus, Panleukopenia, Herpes Virus). These three viruses in the distemper shot are highly contagious and wide spread by contact from body fluids from one sick cat to another. The sick animal or the chronic carrier cat who has any of these viruses should not be vaccinated, otherwise the cat would show the clinical signs of sever upper respiratory disease. We also recommend giving the leukemia vaccine for multiple house hold cats as one of them might get outside and get in contact with another carrier cat.

For outdoor cats, we usually recommend a feline distemper, feline leukemia, feline AIDS and peritonitis shot.

Rabies is mandatory to give to all animals in our community and upon vaccination you will receive a certificate for registration in the township.

Vaccine Reactions

Because vaccinations are not medications, and are actually weakened versions of the virus, sometimes an animal may get mildly sick upon vaccination. It is important for the animal to be given a thorough exam before any vaccination is given to make sure to treat any prior illness first.

Animals sometimes react to vaccinations. In fact, it’s not to the vaccine itself, but to the adjuvant inside the vaccine. These reactions are usually very mild and of brief duration. Muscle aches, slight fever, and drowsiness are the most common side effects. Rarely animals have a more severe reaction, and if they do, the most common symptoms are vomiting, swelling of the face, and hives that appear within two hours after the shots. A Benadryl (antihistamine) oral or injection could be all your animal's needs. In a more severe case and the animal becomes in shock, it usually happens very rapidly, within the first half an hour or less. Vaccination reactions never happen on the first occasion, but rather usually from the second time on. This doesn’t mean the vaccine is bad or there is anything wrong with it, it means that the the animal got hypersensitive to a particular type of vaccine, so the manufacture of the vaccine needs to be changed.

The doctor and his staff are just wonderful my beautiful English mastiff Bella just loves going there it's always a pleasant experience everyone is warm and kind and you can tell they really love their patients.