Most pet owners know that vaccination is part of basic pet care but it may be surprising to see how much there is to know. There are different types of vaccines, new technologies, and even risk factors. We invite you to explore this area for the latest information.
In general, vaccination is an extremely safe procedure and in discussing the risks of what is an extremely safe procedure it is important to maintain perspective on the rarity of these events. That said, pet owners should be familiar with what is possible.
We vaccinate puppies in a series, giving a vaccine every 2 to 4 weeks until age 16 weeks. By age 16 weeks, we can be certain that maternal antibodies have waned and vaccine should be able to take. It should be recognized that some individuals, especially those of well-vaccinated mothers, must be vaccinated out to 20 weeks unless a high titer vaccine is used.
Most snakes will try to avoid you or your pets; snakes typically bite only as a last resort. But while you may wisely decide to simply walk away when you encounter a snake, dogs and cats will often harass the sliding invader -- and may get bitten as a result.