Vaccinations are as vital to pets as they are to people. Keeping vaccinations up to date will protect pets from common diseases that can make them very sick and can even threaten their lives. Your Winnipeg veterinarian will keep your pet’s vaccinations on record and can advise you when re-vaccination is needed. At Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital, we can ensure that your pet receives this important preventive care measure.
Recommended Core Dog Vaccinations
Puppy vaccinations are critical to their health because many diseases can be extremely serious to very young animals. Vaccinations are generally started at 6 to 16 weeks and are given in a serious of doses. Distemper, parvivirus, adenovirus and parainfluenza are considered the “core” vaccines. Adult animals, those over the age of one year, are given boosters of these vaccines annually. Rabies vaccines are available in either a one-year dose or 3-year dose. Your vet can advise you on the best option for your dog.
Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs
Other vaccines are available against diseases that may be prevalent in certain areas or under certain conditions. Your vet will advise you whether leptospirosis, lyme disease and canine influenza vaccines are necessary. Bordatella vaccine is recommended for dogs that go to doggie daycare, dog parks or boarding facilities.
Recommended Cat Vaccinations
Kitten vaccinations are also started around the age of 6 to 16 weeks, usually over a series of doses. The core vaccines work against feline distemper, feline herpesvirus and calicivirus. Rabies vaccine is given at 8 weeks or later, depending on the type of vaccine. Once animals reach one year of age, vaccinations are administered annually.
Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats
Your veterinarians can also administer a bordetella vaccination for your cat, if the animal goes to a boarding facility when you travel away from home for vacations. Though not consider a “core” vaccination, bordetella is a disease often transmitted in facilities where many cats are kept together. Your vet may also advise a feline leukemia vaccine if your cat is at risk for acquiring this disease.