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“What vaccines should my pet get?” This is a question veterinarians hear on a fairly regular basis. Because of advances in science and vaccine technology, and a growing body of information about infectious diseases, the answer you may have gotten 15 years ago is different from the answer you will get today.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, “medical decisions concerning vaccine selection and administration protocols are among the most complicated medical decisions facing veterinarians today.” Here’s why:

What vaccines should my pet get?

The reasons are numerous and include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Continual changes in our understanding of the immune system
  • Changes in local/regional population susceptibilities to various diseases
  • Increased animal valuation with related liabilities
  • Longer animal life expectancies, and improved medical record systems, which allows for better tracking of the short-, medium-, and long-term effects of vaccine use/administration.

Other contributing factors that affect a veterinarian’s decision as to whether any given pet should receive a vaccine include:

  • Veterinary medicine’s constantly evolving understanding of infectious diseases
  • Veterinarians’ concerns regarding the regulations behind vaccines (licensing, labeling, etc.)
  • And, the veterinarians’ awareness of the risks associated with vaccines. Much has been made of the risks of vaccination in recent years. Unfortunately, this debate has fueled a largely unwarranted backlash against vaccinations in general, which protect pets from dangerous (and sometimes fatal) diseases while also protecting humans from diseases (such as rabies) that are transmissible across species.

In light of the oft-politicized and sometimes emotionally charged discussion of vaccination, it’s crucial to remember that vaccines have played a significant role in enabling both humans and animals to live longer and healthier lives in a world rife with microbial pathogens.

Nonetheless, it bears mentioning that every available vaccine is not necessarily indicated for every pet. This is why a thorough evaluation of each patient’s potential for disease exposure and the risks/benefits associated with his/her vaccination are fundamental to deciding whether a pet gets vaccinated.

Vaccination decisions should always be made in consultation with a veterinarian so they can be tailored to meet a pet’s individual needs.

We follow the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) vaccine guidelines for “core” (indispensable) vaccines for all dogs and cats in the United States.

Clinic Hours:

Monday  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)

Tuesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed


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Pet Resort Hours:

Monday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Closed every Mon. 12pm-2pm for CE training)
Tuesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

After hours lodging check out Sat & Sun    

        4:30-5pm excluding holidays

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Animal Hospital Of Statesville
181 Mocksville Hwy
Statesville NC 28625

Telephone: 704.872.3625

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