One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is to ensure that they are vaccinated against common canine diseases. Your dog’s mother gave her puppy immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. Responsible pet parenting is required of you to continue this immunity by vaccinating your pet.Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your dog’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins , or antibodies to protect against disease.
Your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. These diseases include Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus and Canine Tracheobronchitis (Canine Cough). Other vaccinations like Leptospirosis may be recommended, based on our evaluation of the risks posed by environment and lifestyle.
Generally, the immunity that a kitten gains from their mother’s milk begins to diminish after 8-9 weeks. It is then time to begin the initial vaccinations, usually a course of 2 or 3 injections given 3 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, your cat will require repeat vaccinations for the rest of his or her life.
The vaccinations that your cat should receive include Feline Panleucopaenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (cat Flu), Feline Calicivirus (cat flu) and Feline Chlamydiosis.
We also advocate vaccinating your cat against FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or Cat Aids).
Call us today to discuss your pet’s vaccination schedule.