Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations provide immunity against fatal diseases and have long been recognized as a critical part of maintaining a pet’s health. Some vaccines are core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are considered optional and may be recommended for pets based on their age, health, and risk for exposure to disease.

At After Hours Animal Hospital, we take pride in tailoring your pet’s vaccinations to life style and risk of exposure. We understand that your pet is unique and that one vaccine programmay not be ideal for every pet. Our doctors and staff members are well educated about veterinary vaccines and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy.

 

Vaccinations play an essential role in keeping your pets free from disease. California state law requires that all dogs be vaccinated for rabies at 4 months or older. Rabies vaccinations are highly recommended for cats as well. You should also have your pets vaccinated for other diseases such as:

  • Canine distemper

    This disease causes damage to a dog’s respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. Urine, blood, and saliva can transmit it. Puppies should undergo their first round of vaccinations for this disease when they are 6-8 weeks old.

  • Feline distemper (Panleukopenia)

    Though unrelated to canine distemper, this disease is still highly dangerous and contagious. It can lead to fever, constant vomiting, and brain damage. It can be transmitted through food dishes and litter boxes as well as infected animals like raccoons and feral cats.

Below are all the vaccines we offer for adult pets:

  • Canine

    DHPP - (Distemper, parainfluenza, parvovirus)
    Bordetella (kennel cough)
    Rabies

  • Feline

    FVRCP - (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
    FELV - (Feline leukemia virus)
    Rabies

Let us personalize a vaccination schedule that accounts for your pet’s individual needs. Ask us about vaccine titer testing!

 

Spay and Neuter

If you’re a loving owner with no intention of breeding or showing your four-legged friend, pet spay and neuter surgery is the natural choice to prevent unwanted pregnancies and potential medical issues. The benefits are clear: You help your pet live a longer, healthier life while also helping prevent animal overpopulation.

When pets are left intact, they go to great lengths to find a mate, increasing their chances of reproducing pets unable to find homes. At After Hours Animal Hospital, we’re proud to provide this invaluable service to for pets.

When to Have Your Cat or Dog Spayed or Neutered

Though the proper time to have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered can vary from one to the next, there are some things educated owners can be aware of. When deciding on the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered, please keep the following in mind:

  • Larger dog breeds may receive more medical benefits if they wait until they’re fully mature, around 24 months in some cases.

  • Female cats are less likely to develop breast cancer when they’re spayed before they reach sexual maturity, around four to five months of age.

  • Male cats are less likely to roam and mark territory if they’re neutered before five months of age.

  • Smaller dog breeds can be spayed or neutered around six months old, and this decreases males’ chances of developing prostate and testicular cancer.

  • Helping Your Pet Recover from Spay or Neuter Surgery

    We strive to customize all our services, and we send our patients home with detailed, surgical after-care instructions specific to their needs. This may include how and when to administer pain medicine to your pet and symptoms to watch out for. Other things to keep in mind to help your pet recover:

    • Give your pet a quiet place to recover for at least 24 hours.

    • Check their incision daily and watch out for unusual swelling, redness, and discharge.

    • Prevent them from licking or chewing their incision with an E-collar or keep them distracted.

    For any more information about our spay and neuter services, please contact us.

 

Pet Microchipping

Thousands of pets become lost every day, and microchip identification is the one reliable way to reunite these lost pets with their owners. The procedure is safe, easy, inexpensive, and practically painless.

The microchip itself is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a tiny metallic "bar code" surrounded by an inert membrane which makes it non-reactive when it is placed under the skin. The microchip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic-type syringe. Although the needle itself is larger than those used for vaccinations, most pets don't seem to notice any more than any other injection. Once the chip is in place, it should be there for the life of the pet, and we will register your microchip to ensure your contact information is associated with the bar code number.


How It Works

If the pet becomes lost, all animal care facilities (shelters, veterinary hospitals, pounds, etc) will scan the pet for a microchip, using a special microchip reader that is simply waved over the skin. These scanners are very reliable and easy to use. Once a microchip is found, a special hotline is called, and the lost pet is reported. The pet owner is then called immediately and given the contact information about where to pick up their pet.

Regardless of the type of chip, every pet should have microchip ID. Some owners feel that their pet doesn't need identification because it is always in the house, but in our experience these are the most likely pets to become lost when they get outside by accident. As separation from your pet can happen all too easily, appropriate identification, ideally permanent identification by use of microchip, is critical. Industry figures claim that 8,000 pets every day are located and returned home because they have a microchip; your pet should be protected!

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