Pet Vaccinations: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know
Without a doubt, pet vaccinations are good for the animals in our care. Not only do they positively affect longevity, they also reduce risks associated with contagious, even life-threatening, diseases. Various conditions spread by parasites and other animals can drastically alter your pet’s health and wellness – but not if we can help it.
When They’re Young
Pet vaccinations are good for your pet, and they protect other animals (and people) in our community. It’s the responsible choice, and when started at an early age, they’re highly effective.
Savings With a Long View
Many pets are fully vaccinated prior to adoption while others must be vaccinated afterwards. No matter where your pet is in their schedule, keeping them up-to-date is actually more cost-effective than having to treat them after exposure to a disease.
Many common illnesses are preventable, and once vaccinations are current, you can have peace of mind knowing your pet cannot become sick.
Once you adopt a new pet, it’s recommended that we see them as soon as possible. We can determine your pet’s present state of health and work on a plan for ultimate protection against communicable diseases and parasites. A simple blood test can provide insight into possible diseases your pet was exposed to before you adopted them.
While the core vaccines for cats and dogs are different, they both require 3 rounds of vaccines beginning at 6 weeks of age. They must be administered in order without any missed doses. Otherwise, pets can become susceptible to viruses.
For example, the full series of DA2 (which protects against distemper and canine adenovirus types 1 and 2), Bordetella, as well as Feline leukemia and RCPC (known as the Rhinotracheitis-Calici-panleukemia-Chlamydia which also prevents distemper) must be given every 4 weeks until 3 rounds are complete.
At 12 weeks old, pet vaccinations must include a rabies shot. This does not require a booster if given at this age.
Proof is in the Packages
We believe the key to your pet’s health is preventive care. To that end, we offer two complete programs (the puppy wellness package and the kitten wellness package) that aim to protect the health and wellbeing of young and aging animals.
Breaking it Down
For young dogs, it’s recommended they receive the following vaccines:
Cats should have:
- Panleukopenia (FPV)
Pet vaccinations improve an animal’s quality of life by reducing the chances of contracting a dangerous illness. Plus, as is the case for rabies, it’s the lawful thing to do.
However, every pet’s lifestyle is different. At Hallsville Veterinary Hospital, we take a personalized approach to pet vaccinations, and we look forward to discussing the best way to keep your pet safe.