Everyone needs to get vaccinated. Summer isn’t quite over yet, but fall is on its way. That means the cold and flu season probably isn’t far away. Making sure that all of your loved ones are up-to-date on their shots extends to your pets, too. Read on to learn more about pet-formulated vaccinations!
The More the Merrier
Every pet needs to get their shots updated. This typically happens on an annual basis, no matter how old your dog or cat is. Kitties, puppies, and adults all need to have their shots done, just like people. Once your little pet grows up into a big pet, they won’t need their vaccinations as often. Age, breed, and activity level are the three biggest factors that decide when vaccines need to be applied. All immune systems are subject to change – both yours, and the animals around you! Any natural immunities will eventually go away, and that’s why vaccines are so important; they pick up the slack left behind.
When They Need to Happen
How long has it been since the last time your pet or pets got all the shots they need? Once your furry friends are between six to eight weeks old, they are strong enough to start getting poked with needles. After that, the shots need to be done every month or so. Sometimes this means only three weeks will pass.
For Your Doggies
Pups need to be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvo. These shots start at the first vaccination window and continue until the pup is sixteen weeks old. You should also get your puppy inoculated against rabies while you’re at it!
For Your Kitties
Let’s talk about cats. Kittens should be vaccinated against distemper, rabies, and feline leukemia. If your kitty likes to venture outside or if you have multiple kittens, then the leukemia shot becomes even more critical.
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.