There are many different elements to a comprehensive and effective preventive health care program for pets, and pet vaccines are among the most important, along with regular physical checkups, dental care, spay and neuter, good nutrition and weight management, and parasite control. Vaccinations to protect your pet from common diseases are just as important as they are for you and your family. Our team at Valley Pet Care of Modesto, CA, provides all the core and recommended pet vaccines your dog or cat needs.
Why Pet Vaccines Are Important
Pet vaccines are designed to protect dogs and cats from the diseases they are most likely to encounter during their lifetimes. Many of the diseases that are common to pets can also be transmitted to people and to other animals. Treating the disability and suffering caused by disease is much more costly and difficult than preventing it from occurring in the first place. Pet vaccines are a great investment in the health and wellbeing of your pet. They’re both safe and affordable.
Core And Recommended Pet Vaccines
Dogs and cats require a slightly different set of pet vaccines because they are at risk for different types of diseases. Core pet vaccines are those that should be given to all cats and dogs, while others might be recommended by your pet based on their health background, physical exams and lab tests, and their lifestyle and living environment.
Core Vaccines For Dogs
- Canine influenza
Core Vaccines For Cats
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia
Pet Vaccine Schedule
Pet vaccines are administered over a period of time in several stages. Your vet will give them their first shots at between six to eight weeks of age for both cats and dogs. They’ll need booster shots every few weeks afterward until they are fully vaccinated and might require an annual booster.
Rabies vaccinations are required by law in the U.S. for both cats and dogs. Your pet will get their rabies shots between 14 to 16 weeks of age and then a booster shot in a year. They may need another booster every three years afterward.
Pet vaccines are an important part of keeping your pet healthy and well. To schedule a visit to Valley Pet Care of Modesto, CA, please use our convenient online form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.