Vaccinations are an important part of regular pet care. They can help prevent diseases and illness and can even save your pet’s life. At the Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso, we provide preventative veterinary care to all types of pets, including exotic animals.


What are Vaccinations?

Vaccines contain antibodies that provide immunity against one or more diseases. They can be given either orally or through an injection. A small amount of the disease is introduced in the body, which helps your pet from getting the disease at a later date.

Types of Vaccinations

There are two different types of vaccinations: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are those that are required of all pets. Some of these include parvo, rabies, and distemper. Non-core vaccines are those that are recommended by your veterinarian depending on where you live and what types of activities your pet is exposed to. Non-core vaccines include leptospirosis, Lyme disease, and Bordetella.

Pet Vaccination Schedule

Vaccinations are given during different stages of your pet’s life. Kittens and puppies begin vaccines as young as six weeks. They are given at regular intervals, usually every three to four weeks, to provide protection as these young pets transition from their mother’s antibodies to their own. Regular vaccinations are provided until around the age of four to six months and then given every year to three years depending on the brand your veterinary office uses.

Exotic Pet Vaccinations Schedule 

For exotic pets that don’t have vaccines specific to their species, vaccinations for comparable sized cats and dogs may be given or an animal closely related.

Vaccination Safety

While all vaccinations carry a degree of risk, the benefits of the application far outweigh any type of danger. In some cases, your pet may still get the disease, but the chances of severe illness are much less. Most healthy animals will have little to no reaction to the vaccination, but some of the most common reactions to vaccinations include fever, lethargy, and sleepiness. If your pet has been immunized, you can also avoid further injections by have an immunity test performed. Test titers aren’t always accurate, so it’s a good idea to immunize.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

For more information on the most common immunizations and to schedule an appointment for a wellness exam, contact the Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso at (915) 855-4100. Your veterinarian can provide your pet with a vaccination schedule to help keep him healthy throughout his life.