Keeping your pet’s vaccination up to date plays a large part in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Vaccines schedules are subject to change based on the veterinarian’s evaluations of your pet’s health, age and needs.
When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age. Puppies and kittens are typically vaccinated 3-4 times at 3-4 weeks intervals with the initial vaccination happening at the age of 6-8 weeks. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their last vaccination.
Vaccines for dogs, cats and rabbits protect against many different infectious diseases.
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
Canine distemper virus
Infectious canine hepatitis.
If your dog will be spending time in a kennel, you may want to have him vaccinated against kennel cough. This vaccine is usually given intra-nasally (into a nostril) and protects against parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica.
Dogs travelling routinely to cottage areas or in contact with river, lakes or streams may also receive a leptospirosis vaccine and/or Lyme vaccine.
Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
Feline viral rhinotracheitis
Feline panleukopenia virus
If your cat likes to take trips outside and he is unsupervised, we recommend your cat be vaccinated against Feline leukemia.
Many of these diseases affect the respiratory tract and are very contagious so it is important to get your pets up to date on vaccines even if they only live indoors.
These are guidelines and may not fit every scenario. Please call us or e-mail us to set up an appointment to discuss which vaccines your pet should receive.