Vaccinating your pet is an important step in preserving their health. Even pets that spend most of their time indoors benefit when vaccinations are kept up-to-date. Many diseases that can affect your pets’ health are spread through airborne viruses. This means that your pet is at risk in your yard and even in your house should pathogens float through an open window.
The purpose of vaccinations is to prevent your pet from contracting a potentially serious disease such as rabies, distemper, parvo, hepatitis, and other conditions. A secondary benefit is the protection extended to your other family members, as some illnesses can be spread to humans.
In many cases, vaccinations are timed to coincide with the annual exam. However, there are instances in which the frequency of the immunization schedule may be modified. For example, puppies should receive their first vaccinations at approximately eight weeks of age. The vaccination schedule will continue every few weeks for a few months, bolstering immunity in the growing canine. Kittens also require vaccinations against common feline diseases, beginning at 7 to 9 weeks of age.
After the initial vaccination schedule, it is possible to tailor the schedule to your and your pets' specific needs. Advances in veterinary medicine have led to the availability of 3-year vaccines for some animals. When you consult with one of our experienced veterinary staff, we can answer your questions about customizing your pet's vaccine schedule.
Types of vaccines
Vaccines fall into two distinct categories. The first category includes core vaccines. These are essential, as they reduce the risk for diseases that may be highly contagious or fatal to your pet. Some of the core vaccines protect against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and rabies. Additional vaccinations that do not fall into the core category may be recommended based on lifestyle and environmental factors. Examples of non-core vaccinations include leptospirosis, kennel cough, and Lyme disease.
Like dogs, cats also require routine vaccinations. This is especially important for cats who spend time outdoors. Five common feline diseases for which vaccines are given include feline leukemia, feline distemper, calici, herpes, and rabies.
The team at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital is happy to consult with you about the vaccinations your pet needs and when they are needed. Call (949) 430-7576 today to arrange your visit with our friendly staff.