Vaccinations are important to keep your pets healthy. Some pets need more and some need fewer vaccinations depending on their risk factors. Indoor cats need fewer vaccinations than ones who spend time outdoors. Hunting dogs need more vaccinations than house dogs. Because of this, it is important to discuss your pet’s lifestyle with us so that we can design the perfect vaccination schedule for your new pet.
Since most people bring their new puppy or kitten in as soon as they get them, we can use this time to discuss risk factors and decide on a vaccination schedule that will work for you.
Most puppies and kittens get their first vaccinations when they are seven to eight weeks old. Then they will need boosters every three or weeks until they have all of their vaccinations.
Once they are fully protected, we recommend yearly or bi-yearly visits to maintain their good health. Some vaccinations need to be given every year while others can last up to three years.
Even if your pet does not need vaccinations, it is important to bring him or her in once a year for a thorough examination. At that time, we will be able to go over any questions you may have about your pet’s care. We can talk about preventive medicine including flea and tick medications.
We can also check for any potential problems. It is much easier to fix problems that are just starting than it is to deal with a serious condition. Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s vaccinations with your veterinarian. They know and understand the risks. They may also offer different vaccinations depending on where you live.