Why Vaccines Matter at the Animal Hospital of West Nashville

At the Animal Hospital of West Nashville, we believe that every pet is entitled to receive high-quality healthcare, just like people. While we do offer acute care services, we also stress the importance of preventative care to all of our patients. This includes vaccinations. Our veterinarian team is here to discuss vaccines and why they matter. We hope that this page will address some of your questions and concerns. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


How Vaccines Work

The job of vaccinations is to train the immune system to fight against dangerous conditions. The immune system has the power of memory. This means that once the body sees an illness once, it has antibodies that can respond quickly if it ever sees the disease again. With vaccines, the goal is to expose pets to various bacterial and viral proteins in a safe way. That way, we can train the immune system to fight these conditions without the pet ever having to encounter the illness "for real." Please know that vaccinations WILL NOT make your pet sick. 

Common Conditions We Vaccinate Against

At the Animal Hospital of West Nashville, there are a few common conditions against which we vaccine. Some of the most common conditions include:

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis
  • Distemper
  • Influenza (the flu)
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza

Depending on the species of your pet, there might be additional vaccines as well. Most vaccines are given during the first year of life. Then, some conditions might require something called a booster shot. This is given to make sure that your pet retains his or her immunity against serious conditions, such as rabies.

Vaccines are Safe

We know that there has been some discussion on the safety of vaccines in the news media. The fact is that vaccines are safe. Reactions to vaccines are incredibly rare and vaccines WILL NOT make your pet sick. At the same time, we take these reactions very seriously. That is why we will watch every pet closely after every shot to make sure that he or she does not have an allergic reaction. If a reaction develops, we will be right there to treat it appropriately. Trust us to take care of your pet.

Call the Animal Hospital of West Nashville Today

At the Animal Hospital of West Nashville, it is our job to take care of pets in the local Nashville area. We take this responsibility seriously, which is why our veterinarian will always recommend vaccines. If you would like to learn more about our services, then please call us today to make an appointment. We can't wait to meet your pet!


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