Vaccination for dogs and cats are an essential element of preventive animal health care, along with regular checkups, spay and neuter, good nutrition and weight management, and parasite control. At Arrow Dog & Cat Hospital of Montclair, CA, we understand that vaccinations for pets are just as important as they are for their human companions. We provide a complete schedule of core and recommended vaccinations for dogs and cats.
Why Vaccination For Dogs And Cats Is Important
Vaccinations are designed to combat the specific diseases that dogs and cats are most likely to encounter in their lifetimes and to prevent the illnesses caused by them. Many of the diseases that are common in pets can also be transmitted to people and to other animals. They can cause suffering and disability, and even death. Treating a disease once it has been contracted is much more costly than preventing it with a vaccination. Vaccination for dogs and cats is safe and effective and is a smart investment in the health of your pet.
Core And Recommended Vaccination Of Dogs And Cats
Cats and dogs require different types of vaccinations because they are at risk from different kinds of diseases. Some vaccines are given to all cats and dogs, called core vaccines, while others are strongly recommended. Your vet will determine the right vaccine schedule for your dog or cat based on their medical history, physical examination, and lifestyle.
Core Vaccinations for Dogs
- Canine influenza
Core Vaccinations for Cats
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia
The Vaccination Schedule
Vaccinations are completed over a period of time in stages. The first set is usually given at between six to eight weeks for both cats and dogs. Booster shots are then administered every three to four weeks afterward until your pet is fully vaccinated. They may also require an annual booster shot.
Rabies vaccination is required by law for both cats and dogs, starting at between 14 to 16 weeks of age and then again in a year. After the initial vaccination, they may receive a rabies booster every three years.
Vaccination for dogs and cats is one of the most important things you can do for their health. To schedule a visit to The Arrow Dog & Cat Hospital, please use our online form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
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