Comprehensive Head to Tail Exam with Optional Vaccination at Parkway Pet Clinic (Up to 55% Off)

Central Escondido

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A licensed veterinarian examines your beloved pet, providing major vaccinations if necessary

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for emergency visits. Valid for FVRCP, FeLV, or Rabies cat vaccinations. Valid for Bordetella, DHPP, or Rabies dog vaccinations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $19 for a comprehensive head to tail exam ($42 value)
  • $35 for a comprehensive head to tail exam with a vaccination ($75 value)

Valid for FVRCP (feline respiratory viruses), FeLV (feline leukemia), or Rabies vaccinations for cats. Valid for Bordetella (kennel cough), DHPP (distemper, parvo), or Rabies vaccinations for dogs.

Vaccines: Microscopic Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing

This deal includes several necessary shots. Follow along for Groupon’s look at how vaccines are made and how they work.

A vaccination is like a mock battle for the body’s immune system. Vaccines are made from altered forms of the same microorganisms that cause diseases such as measles or rabies, and when the doctor injects them, the body quickly learns how to defend itself from the invading virus or bacteria. That way, if it ever encounters the same pathogen in the real world, it will know just what to do to fight the disease off.

This is possible because of how the body manufactures its own weapons, known as antibodies. When a white blood cell recognizes a foreign agent, it custom-tailors a special protein to lock onto the pathogen and neutralize it so it can eventually be flushed out of the body. This kicks a second process into gear: the creation of memory cells, whose sole purpose is to wait around until they need to create those same antibodies again.

Scientists produce these impostor pathogens in several ways. Some are live organisms that have had their reproductive functions handicapped. Others are chemically killed before being introduced into the body, and others still extract only the superficial features of a pathogen such as a protein or sugar that lies on its surface and can trick the body into thinking it’s encountering the entire organism.

If You Don’t Have Smallpox, Thank a Cow

Vaccine comes from the Latin word vacca, meaning “cow.” That etymology encapsulates the history of vaccines. In the late 18th century, English physician Edward Jenner started paying attention to the folk wisdom that milkmaids never got the oft-deadly disease smallpox. He suspected that they were contracting the closely related but milder cowpox, which then granted immunity to both diseases. While similar phenomena had been observed in many different times and places, it was Jenner’s experimentation and standardization that turned vaccines into a cornerstone of preventive medicine.

Customer Reviews

14 Ratings

Very helpful and affordable. Did not over charge or give my pet vaccinations that were not necessary. The staff is friendly from the front desk all the way to the techs and vets in the back. Definitely worth it
Isabel M. · November 9, 2016
Caring, professional staff.
Regina L. · September 10, 2016
The front desk staff (didn't catch her name but she has a nose ring) & Alejandro the tech were very nice and knowledgable. Dr H is busy but he explains the issues your pet has by offering a detailed, easy to understand description and allows you, the concerned pet owner, to choose from the available treatment options that suits your pet, and your wallet best.
Gisele H. · September 5, 2016
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    Central Escondido

    855 East Valley Parkway

    Escondido, CA 92025

    +17607430973

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