The environment nowadays is full of viruses and bacteria that can lead to some pretty serious health problems. Therefore, just like us, pets too need to stay up-to-date on all vaccinations. In fact, they are more prone to these highly contagious viruses because of their diet and the surroundings they live in. If ignored, this can lead to fatal mistake. Thus it is best to stay on top regarding your pet’s vaccine schedule.
At our clinic, vaccinations are administered either at the time of a routine examination or as advised by your veterinarian. The kind of vaccinations and their frequency for both dogs and cats is given as follows:
Vaccinations for Dogs:
The basic vaccination for dogs is of two types. They are:
Canine Parvovirus, Distemper Virus, and Adenovirus-2 Vaccines or ‘Canine Booster’: This one is to guard them against any kind of illness and viruses. The dosage and its frequency differ depending on the age of the dog; like:
For puppies: One vaccine every 3-4 weeks right from the age of 6-8 weeks. The final booster should be given unless the puppy is 16 weeks old.
For dogs having age more than 16 weeks: Two doses of vaccine every 3-4 weeks are a must. The dog will receive a booster after it completes one year. After that, revaccination is recommended after every year.
Canine Rabies Virus Vaccines: This one is given to avoid the gruesome rabies virus in your pet dog.
For puppies: They should receive only a single dose of the killed rabies vaccine once they attain 16 weeks of age.
For adult dogs: Adult dogs having an unknown history of vaccination should definitely receive one dose of this vaccine. Dogs who have reached one year of age should get a booster and then the rabies vaccination should be given to them every one or three years.
Vaccination for Cats:
Just like dogs, vaccination for cats is also of two types. They are:
Feline Herpesvirus 1, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia Virus Vaccinesor ‘Feline Booster’: This vaccine is to guard your pet cat against any illness or virus. It’s dosage and frequency depends on the age of the cat; like:
For kittens: They receive one vaccine every 3-4 weeks once they reach 6-8 weeks of age. The final booster is given to them no sooner than 16 weeks of age.
For cats having more than 16 weeks of age: Two doses of this vaccine are given 3-4 weeks apart. The cat receives the final booster at the age of year one, and then a revaccination every 3 years.
Feline Rabies Virus Vaccines: This vaccine is provided to the cat so that it stays away from the rabies virus. This vaccination is recommended based on your cat’s specific needs.
Vaccinations are a great way to keep your pet away from any kind of infection or illness which could transform into a deadly health issue in future. Moreover, by getting your dog or cat vaccinated, you are guarding yourself and your family from unnecessary viruses and bacteria that could get to you through your pet.