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Why Does My Pet Need Vaccinations?

Vaccinations are an essential component for the prevention of many diseases in pets and thus an imperative part of your pet's healthcare program.  We are fortunate that there are numerous diseases which we can protect against that are serious and potentially fatal.  Of these diseases, many do not have a targeted cure and when a treatment is available it can be incredibly costly and prolonged in recovery time.

When Should I Have My Pet Vaccinated?

Vaccinations protect by stimulating the immune system diseases.  Simply put this means that by vaccinating the body is armed and ready to fight off, rather than to succumb, to an infection.  Young animals are initially protected by their mother's milk.  As this protection wears off, it is vaccinations that prime the body to be able to be protected.  This is why puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccinations just like human babies.   In adult animals most pets have a yearly booster.  However, it is important to discuss this with your veterinarian to determine the most suitable long-term vaccination program.  Your pet’s lifestyle including travel and environment need to be taken into consideration when deciding on their ongoing disease prevention program.  

Dogs

Puppy Core Vaccination Schedule:  

  • 8 weeks  First vaccination
  • 12 weeks Second vaccination
  • 16 weeks Third vaccination 

Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule:

  • Some vaccinations (such as canine infectious respiratory disease complex, formerly called "kennel cough") and leptospirosis are needed yearly, whereas others (such as rabies) need a booster every 3 years. 


Cats

Kittens Core Vaccination Schedule:

  • 8 weeks First vaccination
  • 12 weeks Second vaccination
  • 16 weeks Third vaccination

Adult Cat Vaccination Schedule:

  • Cats require booster vaccinations to ensure long-term immunity against many contagious diseases.  Most vaccines need to be boostered every 2-3 years in cats. 
  • Indoor cats should be vaccinated against rabies.  The highest incidence report of cats bitten by bats (who may carry rabies) are actually indoor cats.  This is because it is when a bat comes down the chimney, or flies through a door, that an indoor cat is interested and takes chase.  With a disease as fatal as rabies, protection is paramount.