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Discussing Vaccinations During National Immunization Month for Pets

As pet owners, keeping our companions healthy is paramount. As such, one of the most important choices we can make is to pursue thorough immunization for our dogs and cats. As August is National Immunization Awareness Month, there’s no better time to discuss the different immunization options available and the essential role they play in our pets’ health. 

The Importance of Immunization 

Immunization is a cornerstone in preventative healthcare for dogs and cats alike. Vaccinations are uniquely created to stimulate the immune system in a way that enables pets to mitigate hazardous pathogens. When we pursue vaccinations for our pets, we give them the gift of protection, helping them to fight off contagious diseases while also minimizing the risk of the spread of disease. Furthermore, not only does immunization safeguard your pet, but it also shields your wallet from the very expensive veterinary costs associated with treating these harmful illnesses. 

When to Vaccinate Your Pet 

The first vaccination for your puppy or kitten should be had at approximately eight weeks old. Following the initial vaccination, your pet will then require booster shots every four weeks until they reach the age of 20 weeks old. It’s imperative to adequately follow the series of vaccinations to promote complete protection. Once the initial vaccinations are complete, your trusted veterinarian will discuss a future vaccination plan based on your pet’s unique needs. Typically, these vaccinations are given annually, but exact timelines may vary. 

Immunizations for Dogs 

There are several common immunizations for dogs, including the following: 

  • Rabies
  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, para-influenza, and parvo)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella
  • Influenza
  • Lyme 

Immunizations for Cats 

Similar to dogs, there are several immunizations available for cats, including the following: 

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
  • FeLV (feline leukemia virus)
  • Bordetella 

Schedule Your Pet’s Immunizations 

If you’re interested in learning more about immunizations for pets or you wish to pursue vaccinations for your companion, contact our trusted veterinarian today to schedule a checkup and  immunization appointment.