Part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure your pet receives the proper vaccinations to help them stay in good health. The vaccinations your pet should receive will vary depending on their lifestyle and other factors. However, there are also basic pet vaccinations that are typically given, referred to as “core vaccinations”. We offer all of these vaccines at our hospital in Aurora, CO as well as guidance from our Veterinarians on which additional vaccinations your dog or cat should have.
Core Dog Vaccinations
The core canine vaccinations include:
Bordetella and canine influenza vaccinations may also be recommended according to your canine’s lifestyle.
Core Cat Vaccinations
The core feline vaccinations include:
- FVRCP, which stands for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia
Feline leukemia vaccinations may be recommended if your cat is deemed at risk by the veterinarian.
The Benefits of Vaccinating Your Dog or Cat
The primary benefit of cat or dog vaccinations is that it will help prevent the risk of your pet contracting specific illnesses and diseases. Choosing not to get your pet vaccinated can mean they are more susceptible to contracting life-threatening illnesses throughout their life. However, having an unvaccinated pet can also mean they are a carrier for certain illnesses as well. For example, dogs who have not been vaccinated for parvovirus can still carry the virus and put other unvaccinated dogs at risk.
What Is the Best Age for Pet Vaccination?
Of course, the earlier you can start getting pet vaccinations, the more protected they will be from the most dangerous illnesses. However, there are different timelines for different types of vaccinations.
Most puppies should receive vaccinations at varied intervals and have most of them done by the time they are 12 to 14 weeks old. But, there are also some vaccinations that should be given periodically throughout the dog’s life, such as rabies vaccinations that need to be given every one to three years. Kittens usually get their vaccinations between 8 and 16 weeks of age. Older pets who have not received their core vaccines may or may not be able to be vaccinated; it will depend on the circumstances.
If you have questions about pet vaccinations, reach out to us at Tall Grass Animal Hospital for advice.