Pet Vaccinations Offer Essential Protection
While we can't remove bacteria, parasites and pathogens from your pet's environment, we can keep your pet protected with vaccines. At Dundee Animal Hospital, we carry all of the vaccines your dog or cat will need to stay protected throughout their life. Furthermore, we can create a customized pet vaccination plan to suit their specific lifestyle. Once we have established a plan, we'll explain your pet's vaccination schedule. Many vaccines must be given annually to remain effective. In addition, puppies and kittens will need to receive a series of boosters to "boost" their immunity levels.
Like children, pets are extremely vulnerable to illness when they are young. Starting them off on the right paw might seem daunting, but that's why we're here to help! From one year to the next, you can count on us to be there for you and your best friend.
How Do Pet Vaccinations Work?
Pet vaccinations function similar to human vaccinations. Vaccines contain antigens, or disease-causing agents. Once injected, they trigger the immune system to respond and produce antibodies. Furthermore, these antibodies will attack and destroy the virus. Thus your pet's immune system will be able to recognize and fight off the virus in the future. To sustain your pet's immunity to various diseases, they will need to be vaccinated on a routine basis.
When Should You Vaccinate Your Pet?
Most pets will not have the same vaccination schedule, or need the same vaccinations. However, it is important to keep up with your pet's annual visits. In addition, if they experience any lifestyle changes, they may need another vaccine added to their health plan.
Since young puppies and kittens are vulnerable to disease, we recommend starting their vaccinations at 8 weeks old, granted they’re healthy. Both should receive a series of 3 distemper vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16-week intervals. Rabies can be given when your puppy or kitten is about 15-16 weeks old. A year after their initial rabies vaccination, your dog can receive the 3-year rabies vaccine, to be given every 3 years thereafter. Vaccines including Bordetella, Lyme, Canine Influenza or Feline Leukemia may be recommended depending on your pet’s exposure to these viruses.
If you are uncertain about your pet's vaccination schedule or need our help, we would be more than happy to sit down and talk with you. Just give us a call at either our Dundee, Elgin or Algonquin location to schedule an appointment.