Vaccinations FAQs From Our Montebello Area Vet

At Casillas Veterinary Hospitals, our Montebello area vet team has several locations serving the areas of East Los Angeles, Lynwood, Montebello, and beyond. We provide a full range of veterinary services at three convenient locations. One of the more common preventative services that we offer is that of pet vaccinations, which are extremely important in protecting your pet’s health and wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Vaccinations

We receive a number of questions regarding pet vaccinations on a regular basis, so we’ve taken the time to respond to some of the most common below. If you have any additional questions regarding pet vaccinations, don’t hesitate to give any of our area offices a call and we’ll do our best to answer.

What vaccines does my pet need?

The specific vaccinations that your pet will need will depend on a number of factors, including your pet’s age, type of pet, and risk factors. It is worth noting, however, that most pets will need a rabies vaccination at least once every three years. Some common vaccinations for dogs include:

  • Parvovirus
  • Bordetella
  • Canine Distemper

Furthermore, some vaccinations we often recommend for cats include:

  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Panleukopenia

If you’re not sure which vaccines your pet needs, we encourage you to bring in any existing veterinary paperwork for your pet when you come into our office; this will help us determine which vaccines your pet is due for. We offer vaccinations for a number of animal types, including skunks, ferrets, weasels, pigs, dogs, and cats.

Are there risks associated with vaccines?

The benefits associated with vaccinating your pet greatly outweigh any small risks that may be present. Most pets have no side effects to vaccinations and even the ones who do simply tend to experience a little bit of lethargy for the first 12-24 hours after the vaccine has been administered. We always encourage pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets in the first couple of days after a vaccination and to be on the lookout for any changes in behavior. Generally, lethargy and any other side effects will pass within a day or two, if they occur at all.

Why are vaccinations so important?

Vaccinating your pet is the best preventative step you can take for your pet’s health. Specifically, vaccinations help to protect your pet from any number of potentially fatal health problems. And with some vaccinations (such as the rabies vaccine), you are also doing your part to keep yourself and other people and pets safe. In fact, in most places, it is actually against the law to not have your pet vaccinated against rabies. If your pet is caught without an up-to-date rabies tag or proof of rabies vaccination, you could very well be fined.

This is why many groomers and pet boarders will ask to see proof of your pet’s up-to-date vaccination schedule before they allow you to bring your pet in. This is done for the safety of other pets in the facility.