veterinarian checking a domestic cat



A border collie receives a blood draw for in-house laboratory testing at Westside Veterinary Hospital in Marietta, GA.

Vaccines are a crucial aspect of your pet’s healthcare routine.

Pet vaccinations provide essential protection against various serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. At Westside Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure your pet receives the necessary vaccinations to maintain their health and well-being. For pet vaccinations in Marietta and the surrounding areas, trust our experienced and compassionate team.
veterinarian taking blood sample to a dog for diagnostic exam

The Importance of Pet Vaccines

Vaccinations play a vital role in preventing contagious diseases that can affect your pet’s health and longevity. By vaccinating your pet, you help to protect them from common yet dangerous illnesses such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and more. Getting your pet vaccinated also contributes to the broader community’s health by preventing the spread of infectious diseases.


Before your companion receives a pet vaccine, our veterinary team will conduct a thorough health examination to ensure your pet is healthy enough for vaccinations. This exam includes checking their temperature, heart rate, and overall condition. We will also review your pet’s medical history and discuss any concerns you may have. Most pet vaccinations are administered via injection, and our team will do our best to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible throughout the process. After your pet receives their vaccines, we will monitor them for any immediate reactions and provide you with information on what to watch for at home.


Core and Non-Core Vaccines

We offer a range of core and non-core vaccines for cats and dogs.


  • Core Vaccines: These are essential for all pets and include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus for dogs and panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and rabies for cats.
  • Non-Core Vaccines: These pet vaccines are recommended based on your companion’s lifestyle and risk factors. They may include vaccines for bordetella (kennel cough), lyme disease, leptospirosis, and feline leukemia (FeLV).


Our veterinarians will work with you to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet, ensuring they receive the necessary protection without over-vaccination.

  • Mass cytology
  • Skin cytology
  • Ear cytology
  • Pancreatitis testing
  • Blood tests
  • Complete blood counts
  • Blood gases
  • Urine tests
  • Fecal examinations (typically to check for internal parasites)
  • Heartworm tests
  • Virus testing (parvovirus, feline leukemia virus, etc.)
  • Skin scrapes

Benefits of an In-House Pet Laboratory

Having an in-house laboratory offers numerous benefits for you and our patients, including:

  • Quick Results: By conducting tests on-site, we can obtain results faster, which is crucial in emergencies or when time-sensitive treatments are needed.
  • Convenience: Eliminating the need to send samples to external labs reduces the wait time and the need for multiple visits, making the process more convenient.
  • Comprehensive Care: Our ability to perform a wide range of tests in-house allows our veterinarians to offer more comprehensive care and better monitor your pet’s health over time.

Outside Laboratory Testing

In some instances, we may need to send your pet’s samples to an outside laboratory for advanced pet testing. If testing beyond what we can do in-house is necessary, we will discuss this with you before proceeding. Whatever the situation, our team will always do everything possible to ensure the best outcome for your furry family member.

border collie puppy looking at the camera

Pet Vaccine FAQs

Are vaccines safe for my pet?

Yes, vaccines are safe for pets. They undergo rigorous testing for safety and efficacy. Severe reactions are rare, but please contact us immediately if you notice your pet displaying any unusual symptoms.


Can my pet still get their vaccines if they are sick?

We recommend waiting until your pet is healthy before administering vaccines. Vaccinating a sick pet can sometimes compromise their immune system’s ability to respond effectively. Our veterinarians will assess your pet’s health and advise you on the best course of action.


How often does my pet need to be vaccinated?

The frequency of vaccinations depends on the vaccine and your pet’s age, health, and lifestyle. Puppies and kittens need several boosters, which are then given less frequently when they are adults. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s vaccination schedule.


Are there any side effects from pet vaccinations?

Most pets experience no side effects from vaccines. However, some may have mild reactions, such as soreness at the injection site or slight lethargy. Severe reactions are rare, but if you notice any unusual symptoms, contact us immediately.

Pet Vaccinations in Marietta

For comprehensive pet vaccination services in Marietta, choose Westside Veterinary Hospital. Our team is committed to providing the highest standard of care to protect your pet from preventable diseases. Keeping up with your pet’s vaccinations is a simple yet effective way to maintain their health and happiness for years to come. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our vaccination services.

In-House Laboratory Services in Marietta

Our in-house lab makes the process fast, efficient, and easy when your pet needs diagnostic testing. With our in-house laboratory in Marietta, we can get results quickly and start your pet on an appropriate course of treatment. Please contact us today to learn more about our diagnostic testing capabilities or schedule an appointment for in-house laboratory testing in Marietta.
Westside Animal Hospital provides pet vaccines for dogs and cats in Marietta, Fair Oaks, Arbor Forest, Smyrna, Country Lake, Wynford Chase, and the surrounding areas.

Westside Veterinary Hospital

We are a full-service animal hospital offering a wide range of expert veterinary services for pets.

(770) 427-0033


Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm
Sat & Sun: Closed


1690 Powder Springs Rd SW Ste 300,
Marietta, GA 30064