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 referred to as “core vaccinations”. We offer 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 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 preventable 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. Many vaccinations are required to take your pet to dog parks, grooming facilities, daycares and may be mandated by state law or housing authorities.
What Is the Best Age for Pet Vaccination?
Tall Grass Animal Hospital recommends a wellness appointment and core vaccinations are started at our hospital in Aurora, CO for puppies and kittens at 8, 12, and 16 weeks. During these appointments, your pet will be given a thorough wellness exam to make sure they are thriving and growing, as well as the proper kitten or puppy shots and booster shots. However, there are different timelines for different types of vaccinations.
Most puppies should receive vaccinations at varied intervals by the time they are 12 to 14 weeks old, and will generally be given on an annual basis thereafter. 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.