Our pets bring so much joy into our lives that it becomes impossible to think of life without them. But along with the benefits of their companionship there also comes a mountain of responsibilities, including vaccinations. Keeping up with your pet’s vaccination schedule is crucial in maintaining their health.
Vaccination day can be stressful. It’s not easy watching your furry companion wince with distress as the needle is inserted or seeing them subdued after the vaccination. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your pet to ease the anxiety, and some tips to cope with afterwards.
You might be a bundle of nerves on vaccination day, but your edgy vibes may rub off on your pet so take deep breaths and don’t rush. Speak to your furry mate in a calm, soft voice and give them lots of hugs as you get ready for the ride to the vet.
Keep it Light
A light healthy meal should be fine several hours prior. Most vets use treats or a meal to calm animals, as they perform examinations or administer the shots. To make these techniques more effective, avoid taking them on a full stomach.
Be sure to tell your vet any reaction that your pet has had with previous vaccinations, no matter how trivial it was. Also, let the doctor know if your pet is going through an illness or if they are recovering from sickness. It would also help to inform the vet if you’re planning to travel right after the immunization.
After the Vaccination
Keep your pet inside for 24 hours after you come home and let them rest in a comfortable place. Call your vet immediately if you notice any adverse reactions or drastic change in their behavior.
Timely vaccinations save lives and protect your pets from life threatening diseases. Every pet is different so be sure to follow the recommendations of your Port Orange veterinarian to ensure you're doing the best for your furry companion.