"We have been breeders of exotic parrots since 1998. Dr Rich and staff are our first and only stop to make sure the breeders we buy are healthy. The professionalism of Dr Rich and his staff far exceed our expectations. Regardless the outcome of the exam we know we can trust the results and advice given by Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana. The clinic is always clean and the staff friendly. We highly recommend all clients set up an appointment to meet Dr Rich and/or Dr Pence. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency. Well visits are very important to maintain healthy happy animals. We are very fortunate to have such well respected, professional and caring exotic veterinarians in our area."
Tom and Tracey Loup
Just like humans, there are dozens of illnesses that can affect pets, but with preventive care in the form of vaccines, you can keep your companion safe. Preventing an illness is far less expensive and effective than treating it, which is why we recommend that vaccines be included in your pet’s overall wellness regime. Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana offers various types and combinations of vaccines to meet the needs of every small mammal that requires them. Consider the following list of FAQs to learn more about pet vaccines and why they’re so important.
How Do Pet Vaccines Work?
Vaccines essentially strengthen the immune system, once they’re introduced to the body. They do this because they contain antigens that mimic disease-causing organisms, but without causing the symptoms of the actual illness. Upon exposure to these antigens, a pet’s immune system is stimulated and prepared to fight off the real virus or disease, if the pet is ever exposed to it. The antibodies that vaccines create in the body are not permanent, so vaccines need to be updated regularly to remain effective.
What Vaccines Does My Pet Need?
The answer to this question is dependent on your pet’s species, age, breed, lifestyle, and exposure risk. There are two types of vaccines available for pets: core and non-core. Non-core vaccines are optional and recommended only if a pet has a high exposure risk to a certain illness, such as Bordetella for dogs in boarding facilities. Core vaccines are considered essential vaccines for a pet’s overall wellness either because the illnesses they protect against are very severe or because they’re transmissible to humans (or both, such as rabies). We can determine which vaccines and combinations are best for YOUR pet during the wellness exam.
What Core Vaccines Do You Recommend?
The following are the core pet vaccines we recommend for our dog, cat, and ferret patients:
- Rabies (for dogs, cats, and ferrets)
- Canine parvovirus (for dogs)
- Canine hepatitis (for dogs)
- Canine distemper virus (for dogs and ferrets)
- Feline distemper virus (for cats)
- Feline calicivirus (for cats)
- Feline rhinotracheitis (for cats)
If your pet is due for their vaccinations, or if you have any questions about the pet vaccines we offer here in Metaire, give us a call at 504-455-6386