Pet Vaccinations & Booster Shots Protect Your Pet from Deadly Diseases
Pet vaccinations are one of the most affordable and critical investments pet owners can make to protect their pets’ health. Vaccinations protect against highly contagious and deadly diseases, including upper respiratory tract infections, parvo, distemper and rabies. Without vaccination protection, pets are vulnerable to these illnesses – leading to expensive emergency medical care and putting pets at increased risk for an early and unnecessary death.
Vaccinations Can Save Your Pet’s Life
Our Rancho Bernardo veterinarnian recommends all pets receive core vaccinations. These vaccines are typically administered as a combined shot. For example, dogs receive the combined DHPP vaccination, which protects against distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza. Cats receive the FVRCP shot, which protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (feline distemper).
Vaccinations are absolutely critical for younger puppies and kittens. After puppies and kittens are weaned, their weak immune systems leave them vulnerable to a number of different deadly diseases. Our veterinarian recommends the puppy/kitten vaccination booster series for young puppies and kittens starting shortly after they are weaned, typically 8 to 10 weeks of age. Booster shots should be given every 3 to 4 weeks until your puppy or kitten’s immune system reaches maturity, which typically occurs between 18 and 20 weeks of age.
Our veterinarian will recommend a vaccination schedule for your puppy or kitten during your pet’s first wellness exam. As your pet enters adulthood, vaccinations will continue to play an important role in veterinary wellness care. Your pet will need core vaccination boosters every one to three years, depending on the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines and our veterinarian’s recommendation.
Additionally, your pet may also need to be vaccinated against other diseases, depending on lifestyle exposure risk. For example, dogs that frequent doggy daycare, grooming salons, or boarding kennels should be vaccinated against bordetella. This upper respiratory tract infection, also known as “kennel cough” is highly contagious, and most boarding kennels and doggy daycares will require proof of up-to-date vaccination prior to admittance.
Pet vaccinations should be kept up-to-date for all dogs and cats, including indoor cats. Just because your cat does not frequently go outside does not mean that your cat is not vulnerable to illness! Sadly, every year rabid rodents or bats enter attics and basements, attacking family pets. Should your cat’s rabies vaccination not be up-to-date, your pet may need to be put down. This is a sad, tragic ending that should never occur for any pet.
Pet vaccinations are safe and highly effective. Like any medication, there is a very minor risk for an allergic reaction. However, the likelihood of this reaction occurring is extremely rare; should your pet successfully complete his first puppy/kitten vaccination series, it is unlikely he will face any allergic reactions in his future.
To learn more about the benefits of pet vaccination or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, please contact our animal hospital in Rancho Bernardo at 858-451-1700.
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