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Dog getting thei vaccines


What are vaccines, and why do they matter?

Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines stimulate the immune system's production of antibodies that identify and help destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body.

Vaccines provide immunity against one or several diseases that can either lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases altogether.


Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet's overall quality of life.

Cat vaccines and why you should get them

5 Reasons to vaccinate you pet.

  1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.

  2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.

  3. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people.

  4. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.

  5. In many areas, local or state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets.

Which vaccines does my pet need?

We label vaccines as Core (necessary) and Non-core (risk dependent). However, no two cat or two dog are exactly the same and our vets will ensure your pet gets proper coverage for their lifestyle.

Veterinarian of Ellicott City, Dr. Parker with patient

Come, sit, heal.

Whether your pet is in need of routine care or emergency surgery we got you covered. Howard County Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic offering a range of veterinary care to the pets of Ellicott City, Columbia, Baltimore, Catonsville, Elkridge, Pikesville, Woodlawn, Randallstown, Towson and the surrounding areas located just off of route 40 outside of the 695 beltway.

We felt so heard here, and I am so grateful for all the informaton the staff gave to us. As a first time dog parent, I always have questions. Thanks for listening and taking great care of our big guy!


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