Just like humans, pets receive vaccinations to protect them from diseases, however, it’s recommended they receive frequent boosters to maintain the immunization. Immunization is important, for it not only protects your pet from diseases but it also protects you as some animal diseases can be infectious and dangerous to humans. When you first have a puppy or a kitten, you should begin vaccinations at or before 16 weeks of age, and some you may begin as early as six weeks.
Organizations like the ASPCA, American Humane, and AVMA all recommend your dog or cat receive vaccinations for rabies, which is required by many states. For dogs, other important essential vaccines include distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus (DHPP). For cats, these organizations recommend feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (FVRCP). Your Allen veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines based on where you live and the climate.
As your pet ages, it will be important to maintain routine visits to your veterinarian, so they can check your pet’s health. Your pet may have an allergic reaction to a vaccination, and if they adverse side effects to the vaccination, be sure to bring them into your local vet or animal urgent care. Other things you can do to keep your pet happy and healthy: check for fleas especially on warm days, use a flea brush on their fur, keep their food and water bowl clean, wash their bed regularly, and give baths as needed.
Country Creek Animal Hospital offers its pet vaccination services and expertise so that your pet can live a long, healthy life. Our veterinarians are passionate professionals dedicated to the health and treatment of animals. Call us today to schedule your pet’s next vaccination or booster, or if you have questions regarding vaccination. Pets are our passion!
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