Vaccines FAQs

Proper veterinary care is essential to the health and well-being of your animal companion, and one of the most important aspects of this care is vaccinations. Vaccinations help protect your pet from serious and often deadly diseases and are an important part of preventative care.

At Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic, we understand that you may have questions about vaccines and how they work. Dr. Wendy Thomas and Dr. Seth Hartter are happy to answer any questions you may have about animal vaccines, and help you make the best decisions for your pet's health.

Vaccines FAQs

Why Are Vaccines Necessary?

Vaccines prevent the spread of infectious diseases that can be harmful or even deadly. For example, the canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can cause severe gastrointestinal illness in dogs. Senior dogs and puppies who aren't vaccinated are at the highest risk for contracting this disease.

Do Pets of All Ages Need Vaccines?

It's a common misconception to think that only puppies and kittens need vaccines. While it is true that they are most susceptible to disease because their immune systems are not yet fully developed, all animals need to be vaccinated. As pets age, their risk of exposure to deadly diseases increases, and their immune systems may become weaker. This is why it's important to keep up with your animal companion's vaccinations throughout their lifetime.

Are Pet Vaccines Safe?

Small risks are always involved in any medical procedure, but the risks posed by animal vaccines are minimal. Side effects are generally mild and go away on their own within a few days. More serious side effects are rare but may include fever, weakness, or even an allergic reaction. Most pets only have some tenderness around the injection site and may feel tired because of the vaccine.

What Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

Don't know which vaccines aren't right for your animal? Speak with one of our veterinarians. We consider all pets on their individualized health history to make recommendations for vaccinations. They are broken down into core vaccines, which are recommended for all animals, and non-core vaccines, which may only be necessary for some animals.

Are Vaccines Affordable?

The cost of animal vaccines can seem daunting, but at Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic we always have your pet's best interests at heart. We offer affordable vaccination packages that make it easy to keep up with your animal companion's vaccinations without breaking the bank.

Make an Appointment with Our Veterinarians in Mediapolis, IA

If you have questions about animal vaccines or would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, contact us today. Our veterinarians have the compassion and knowledge needed to provide your pets with the care they deserve. Call our team today at (319) 394-3108 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.