Why Should I Vaccinate My Pet?
Puppies and kittens are naturally susceptible to common diseases. They rely on the mother’s milk, which contains protective proteins during the first few days after birth, to protect against a number of diseases. The protective antibodies begin to wear off after several weeks, and can expose the newborn to a number of viruses.
Vaccinations are recommended so that the newborn’s immune system are strengthened and prepared to fight off viruses. The result is a significant drop in the occurrence of a viral infection or death at early age. By vaccinating, you are ensuring your pet’s health with a strong and active immune system.
When Should My Pet be Vaccinated?
Starting at 6-8 weeks of age is when you should start a series of vaccinations for your pet. Re-vaccinating every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. After this period, they will need to re-vaccinate every 1-3 years according to your current state’s law.
Can I Give Vaccines to Pregnant Pets?
No. You should not use any medications, drugs, or vaccines during the pet’s pregnancy unless it has been proven safe by the manufacturer. Consult with your veterinarian before administering vaccines to your pet.
How Do Vaccines Work?Vaccines contain dead or weakened virus pathogen. Although the weakened pathogen cannot make you sick, the body’s immune system responds to it by producing antibodies to defend against the virus. The result is a responsive immune system that will recognize the virus and defend and eliminate the infection quickly.
Are Vaccinations Required by Law?
Every US state requires a re-vaccination either every year or 3 years, depending on your state regulation. Up-to-date rabies vaccination is required by law.
Can Vaccines Make My Pet Sick?
Most vaccines will not affect your pet. Some may have mild reactions such as small fever, loss of appetite, swelling, vomiting, breathing difficulty, etc. It is important to monitor and report any reaction throughout the day to your veterinarian.
Recommended Vaccines For Dogs:
“Core” Vaccines – Recommended for all puppies and dogs by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force:
- Canine distemper virus
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine adenovirus-2 (hepatitis)
- Rabies virus
“Non-Core” Vaccines – Recommended for puppies and dogs in special circumstances, dependent on the exposure risk of an individual dog by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force:
- Distemper-measles virus
- Leptospira spp.
- Borrelia burgdorferi or Lyme disease
- Canine parainfluenza virus
- Bordetella bronchiseptica or “Kennel Cough”
Recommended Vaccines For Cats:
“Core” Vaccines – Recommended for all felines by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force:
- Feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV1)
- Feline calicivirus (FCV)
- Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV)
- Rabies virus
“Non-Core” Vaccines – Recommended for felines in special circumstances, dependent on the exposure risk of an individual dog by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force:
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
- Feline immunodeficiency virus
- Virulent FCV
- Chlamydia felis
- Bordetella bronchiseptica