Friday, April 19, 2013

Pet Vaccinations

Whether you’re a first time pet owner with a 7 month old or an experienced pet veteran with an old
companion, there is always a lot to learn when it comes to pet vaccinations. Throughout your pet’s life, there will most certainly be necessary vaccinations to ensure their health and wellbeing.

Newborn kittens and puppies have plenty of threats lying ahead of them and a few inexpensive will help to prevent a great deal of worry down the road. The threats for dogs include; Rabies, Distemper, Canine Adenovirus, Parvo, and Coronarvis. Luckily there is an all-inclusive “5 in 1” shot to eradicate these threats. Felines will need to have a series of shots called, DRCC/FCRCP, covering; Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Chlamydia. This should be followed up a few weeks later with a Rabies shot. The DRCC/FCRCP is similar price-wise to the “5 in 1” shot summing up to cost around $150-$200.

In addition, your pet will need regular medication to prevent heartworm disease. We suggest asking your veterinarian about an ideal schedule for preventative treatment for heartworms, which can be a very serious disease for pets.

Scheduling all vaccinations is a fairly easy process, however, it is key that you stay on top of the shot schedule recommended for your pet. A good deal of shots require booster shots that should take place weeks or even years after the initial shot to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccine. The best way to do this is by placing the dates on your calendar far ahead of time maybe with stickers or special colored markings.

Pet vaccination is not only beneficial to your pet but can also directly affect the people and like animals that are in direct interaction. For this reason, many dog parks, groomers, and boarding facilities (doggie and kitty hotels) require to see that your pet received certain vaccinations. These records are simple signs that your pet has undergone the necessary protocol and are fit to be in a public/social pet setting. Typically the records are easily accessed at your vet’s office or through a website.

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