Once you have your new pet, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to ensure he or she lives a happy, healthy life. Part of this process is getting appropriate and timely immunizations from our animal hospital in Chicago. There are two categories of vaccinations: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines protect against deadly diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and rabies. Non-core vaccinations are based on your pet’s lifestyle, taking into account things such as where they go when they’re outside, if they go to dog parks, or if they’re groomed or boarded often.
Why Are Vaccinations Necessary?
In recent years, the topic of pet vaccinations has been hotly debated, especially after the heated debate surrounding human children’s vaccinations. At our animal hospital in Chicago, we encourage all pet owners to ensure their pet is appropriately vaccinated to protect them from potentially deadly infections. Experts agree that in the last century, pet vaccinations have prevented both death and disease in millions of animals! Vaccines can also help avoid costly treatments in the future. Simple routine vaccinations can greatly improve your pet’s quality of life and provide you with peace of mind.
How Often are Vaccinations Necessary?
The answer to this question depends on the exact vaccinations that your pets receive. Some vaccinations can be given every 2-3 years, while some others may require more frequent vaccinations (yearly) to remain effective. Our animal hospital in Chicago can provide guidance on what vaccinations need to be received, and at what time, to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy!
Please note: Village West Veterinary is pleased to also offer antibody TITER TESTING for select viral infections, so you can know if your pet is protected and possibly even SKIP a vaccine! This is done from a simple blood sampling.
Keep in mind that vaccines may come with side effects that could affect your pet. Feel free to talk with our veterinarians if you have questions or concerns about specific side effects.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.