Vaccinations for pets are as commonplace as it is for children these days and is an effective way to prevent serious diseases like rabies, influenza and hepatitis. Not only do regular vaccinations protect your pet’s health, but they can also keep your human family safe as well as some pet disease can be transferred to humans.

 

Vaccination Basics

But there is a lot you should know about vaccinations. For example, every immunization should be individually tailored to your pet’s specific needs. The factors that should be considered include health status, breed, age, lifestyle, and environment.

Also, keep in mind, risks for various types of diseases will vary from province to province.  This is why it is so important to work closely with your veterinarian to determine which immunizations are important for your pet, and how often he should have them. For example, your vet will know if a particular virus or illness has been going around and what to do about it.

 

Types of Vaccinations

There are two different types of vaccinations that your pet should receive. The first type is called core vaccines and includes the vaccinations that are considered essential for your pet, involving diseases that are easily transferred and/or fatal. Examples of these diseases are rabies, adenovirus, parvovirus, and distemper. These are often scheduled as soon as you take your pet in for their first

The other type of vaccinations are considered to be non-core vaccines, and may not be as vital but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important.  For these vaccinations, you will need to discuss with your veterinarian to determine if your pet needs them, and may fight against Lyme disease, kennel cough, and leptospirosis vaccines.

 

Frequency of Vaccinations

When you first get your pet, there is a schedule of vaccinations that needs to be met during his or her first year of life. After this initial year, the core vaccinations should be administered every one to three years, based on your veterinarian’s recommendation.

If your pet is kenneled frequently or is in regular contact with other dogs or cats you may need to keep up with some of the non-core vaccinations as well. Remember, your pet will most likely contract an illness while around other dogs or cats. Sometimes these types of vaccines will need to be administered more often, such as in the case of a kennel cough vaccine that is sometimes offered every six months. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

Even if you decide that vaccinations every three years are the best choice for your dog, an annual examination by your veterinarian is still essential to keep your pet healthy and happy – just like a human’s annual checkup at the doctor’s or the dentist. Early detection of problems can mean more effective treatment options and a healthier pet overall.

If you have any question about vaccinations or a checkup, give us a call. Right now we’re running a promotion on vaccinations. Give us a call for details or book an appointment