Cat and Dog Vaccinations
To keep your pets healthy, vaccinations are vital. The number and type of vaccinations your pet needs depend on their risk factors. Outdoor cats need more vaccinations than ones who spend all of their time indoors. House dogs need fewer vaccinations than hunting dogs. We will discuss your pet’s lifestyle with you so that we can design a perfect vaccination schedule for your pet.
Most people bring their new kitten or puppy in as soon as they get them, this is the perfect time to talk about risk factors and decide on the vaccinations your pet needs to remain healthy.
Typically, puppies and kittens get their first vaccinations when they are seven to eight weeks old. To gain protection, those vaccines will need boosters every three to four weeks until they have gained protective titers.
After their puppy or kitten boosters are complete, we recommend yearly or bi-yearly visits to remain healthy. Typically, we give vaccines annually, but some pets, especially those that are sensitive to vaccines, may receive some vaccines that can last up to three years.
Even if your pet’s vaccinations are not due annually, it is important to bring him or her in once a year for a thorough examination. At that time, we will answer any questions you may have about your pet’s care or changes you are seeing at home. We will talk about preventive medicine including heartworm, flea and tick preventatives.
We will also check for any potential problems that you may not even notice at home. It is much easier to repair or manage problems that are just beginning than it is to deal with a serious medical condition.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you have about your pet’s vaccinations with your veterinarian. We want to be sure you know and understand the risks depending on where you live and how your pet.
Let us answer your questions about vaccines, contact us today at 317-830-0036.