Why Are Vaccines So Important?

Most pet owners love their pets and consider them to be members of their own family. Therefore, it is important for every pet owner in the Morehead City area to make sure that their pet has access to reliable healthcare services. This includes vaccinations. At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital, we place the needs of our patients ahead of our own. That is why we stress the importance of vaccines for all our pets. Why are they so important? There are a few key points that everyone should keep in mind.


What Is a Vaccine?

A vaccine is a compound that is used to teach the immune system to fight against certain infections without having to expose the pet to that infection. A veterinarian usually delivers a vaccine via injection. This compound provides the body with antibodies that can be used to fight infections in the future without having to expose the pet to that infection for real. That way, using a vaccine, if a pet is exposed to infection down the road, they already have the tools to fight it.

How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines work by triggering an immune response in the patient. Vaccines are made using proteins that represent parts of the disease; however, the disease is not active in the vaccine itself. The body sees these proteins and recognizes them as foreign. In response, the body makes antibodies that are used to fight against that illness. Then, if the body meets the virus down the road, it already has the antibodies necessary to fight it off. Vaccines are effective in both people and animals. Now, there are dozens of diseases that have effective vaccines.

Are Vaccines Safe?

Yes! At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital, we know that there has been a lot of discussion surrounding vaccines. The fact is that they are safe. There is a chance that a vaccine might lead to an allergic reaction; however, this is incredibly rare, and we know how to treat them quickly. Therefore, we strongly encourage all our pet owners to get their pets vaccinated.

Call Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital Today to Make an Appointment

At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital, our top priority is making sure that our patients in the Morehead City area are healthy. That is why we stress the importance of vaccines to all our patients. If you are looking for a veterinarian who can take care of your pet in the local area, call Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital today. We would be happy to help you!

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    Dr. Marci and the staff at Bridges have taken amazing care of my boys (who are not easy to work with I might add). They treat us like royalty and I wouldn’t trust my babies with anyone else. They are amazing, always so sweet, caring, and understanding. I just can’t thank them enough for keeping my sweet babies happy and healthy.

    MOLLY S.

    Doctor Roxanne Taylor is the best most Professional Veterinarian. For the past 30 years she has been their for us and our dogs. She has the most loving caring heart of any Veterinarian I have ever met. Thank You Doc. Taylor for all you do! Ronnie & Debbie Ennis


    truly kind and caring doctor and staff. they honestly love animals and and put their patients above everything. I had to lay my dog down, it was a horrible time, and the doctor cared enough to make sure i got her paw print, some of her hair, and her ashes. Then i got a card in the mail from the vet herself that was heartfelt, they are not in it for the money, but for their love of animals.

    GERRI R.

    I’ve been taking my birds and dogs to Dr. Taylor and her staff for a very long time – one of my cockatiels is 22 years old (they're only supposed to reach 12!) In healthy times, sickness and emergencies, the folks at Bridges have been there for me with compassion and excellent care. They are such a part of the community and are always active in animal rescue events, rabies clinics, and any opportunity to support animal welfare. These folks care like family.

    RITA E.

    I have a very high regard for Dr. Taylor and her staff. They take great care of my pets, and during a recent emergency, I was really impressed by Dr. Taylor’s tenacious, detail-oriented diagnostics and resulting treatment recommendations. Bridges is also the vet for Siamese Cat Rescue efforts in this area. I love the staff. They are so willing to work with us and they really support our efforts in caring for these amazing creatures and helping find them safe and loving homes.


    Dr. Roxanne Taylor is a great, caring vet. I breed, raise and show champion Doberman Pinschers and Dr. Taylor has been my vet for 18 years. She is beyond caring; I can site thousands of incidents. She is very thorough; her motto is ‘let’s find out, let’s be sure.’ Her staff, oh my gosh, they know who you are when you call, are so personable and do everything to make the animals feel at home. They are accessible, honest and truly love what they do. I couldn’t imagine finding better vete


    Oh I love Roxanne! The best way I can describe my experience with her is total trust. She is honest, deeply compassionate and not afraid to refer you to a specialist when it’s in the best interest of the animal. She snatched one of my Yorkies from the grave twice within his first two years of life! And when my sister and I lost our Poodles, she was so comforting. Our dogs just wag their tails like crazy when they see her; that’s a testimonial in itself!

    THEDA “FAY” S.

    I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Taylor and her practice. They go to extraordinary lengths to help animals . . . and their people! Before I moved here from New Jersey, I brought my dog to Dr. Taylor whenever I visited my daughter. It was a long way to travel to see the vet, but she helped me bring an abused very scared animal to health. She is very upfront and helps me make good decisions for my pets with complete information. I’m very pleased with the service I’ve gotten at Bridges Animal


    Dr. Taylor has been treating our dogs for more than 20 years. We breed show dogs and therapy dogs and are very particular. The folks at Bridges are gentle, kind and have never let us down. We have complete confidence in them and wouldn’t go anyplace else. We are really lucky to get to work with them.


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