Owning a pet means keeping them safe, healthy, and happy. Getting the proper vaccinations for them is a major part of being a pet owner and at Saratoga Veterinary Hospital, we can help! We’re proud to offer a wide range of pet vaccinations that are necessary to keep your pet safe from certain preventable diseases.

Many pet vaccinations are now required in order to keep your pet safe and sound from any potential disease or illness. Without going through with these pet vaccinations, even letting your animal outside or around your house can put them at risk of developing a life-threatening illness. If you have questions about what vaccines your pet needs, give our San Jose, CA office a call today.

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Young pets are susceptible to diseases since their immune systems are not fully matured yet. Just like human vaccines, pet vaccines are designed to protect the immune system to help fight off diseases. As these vaccinations begin working, they will help destroy any diseases that enter your pet’s body. The first application of these vaccines help prime the immune system against viruses and bacteria whereas the following doses produce the important antibodies needed to protect your pet from diseases. Whether you have a puppy, kitten, or an adopted animal that has never had vaccinations, we can provide the proper dosage needed. As a professional vet clinic in San Jose, CA, we stand by pet vaccines and always recommend them to all pet owners.

Our vaccinations are meant to prevent rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza viruses, and so much more.

Why are Pet Vaccinations Important?

Our vet clinic recommends regular pet vaccinations as an essential component of medical care. If you are ready to take on the essential responsibilities of caring for your pet, here are some important points to explain why you should keep track of the pet’s vaccination schedule:

  • Protect Your Pet’s Health: Vaccination is crucial to your pet’s health. It protects against potentially deadly diseases and infections, particularly when the pet is very young or very old. Prevention is always more effective than curing a sickness; it’s also more pleasant and better for your pet.
  • Protect Your Family: Vaccinating your pet protects the people in your household against potential sickness from your pet. Vaccines help ward off illnesses that can spread from animals to humans, making it especially important to protect small children, elderly family members, or anyone with weakened immune systems.
  • Protect Other Animals: Many pet diseases are highly contagious. Experts recommend regular vaccinations to protect other pets in your home and around your neighborhood.
  • Improve Savings: Regular immunizations actually help you save more money in healthcare over time. Vaccinating your pet allows you to avoid long quarantines and expensive treatments.
  • Adhere to Rules & Regulations: California law requires regular pet vaccinations for all animals over a certain age. In addition, any pet boarding or grooming facility requires up-to-date vaccinations to accept your furry friend. Remain on top of your pet’s vaccinations to keep compliant.

Keep your beloved pet happy and healthy with regular pet vaccinations. Reach out to our vet clinic’s office to learn more!

Pet Vaccinations for Viral Diseases

Just as humans, pets can get sick too. It’s important to properly vaccinate your pet so they are prepared to fend off a viral disease. Pet vaccinations are key to keeping your pet and their furry friends healthy. Check out the following section to gain a better understanding of some of the common viral diseases found in pets, along with how scheduled pet vaccinations can help prevent sickness.


The rabies viral disease is preventable with the vaccine. It’s most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The virus infects the central nervous system, which can cause disease in the brain and death. The majority of rabies cases that are reported occur in wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Even though these are the most common animals to have rabies, any mammal can get rabies.

Canine Distemper

This is a contagious and serious disease that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems in dogs. The virus is spread through airborne exposure. It can also be transmitted through shared toys, food, and water bowls. It’s often found in wild animals like foxes, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and minks. All dogs are at risk for getting canine distemper but the chances are higher in puppies or dogs who haven’t been vaccinated.

Canine Hepatitis

Infectious canine hepatitis is an acute contagious disease seen in dogs. It’s caused by the canine adenovirus 1, which targets the liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen, blood vessels, and other organs in an infected animal. Signs of this disease vary from congestion, eye inflammation, to seizures and swollen lymph nodes.

Canine Parvovirus

This is a highly contagious viral disease seen in dogs. It commonly causes acute gastrointestinal illness in puppies. Once the dog has been infected, the virus will attack the bone marrow and cells in the small intestine. This can lead to inflammation in the heart, which can result in an irregular heartbeat.

Canine Parainfluenza

Canine Parainfluenza is a highly contagious viral disease that attacks the respiratory system. The virus is transmitted through the air. Generally, it spreads in places where large numbers of dogs are kept together.

Pet vaccinations will keep your pet healthy and prevent the need for emergency vet visits. Our animal hospital has years of experience in providing pet vaccinations to animals. When you schedule a pet vaccination appointment, our staff will ensure that your pet is comfortable and calm throughout their visit. To learn more about how pet vaccinations can keep your furry friend safe, contact our vet clinic! Our animal hospital is proud to provide veterinarian services to pets across San Jose, CA and the surrounding communities.

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Your dog or cat is at risk of being exposed to a number of different diseases, whether it’s from going on a walk, or if they ever manage to escape from home.
Coming across another animal who has one of these diseases can be detrimental to your pet’s health if they are not vaccinated. These shots act as a shield to protect them from any unwanted harm that is completely preventable. Not only are you helping your own pet, you’re also helping other animals that may come across your furry friend.
If you need a pet vaccination appointment or any other veterinary services, give us a call at Saratoga Veterinary Hospital!