Required vaccinations are vital for your pets health status and quality of life. What your pet will recieve and will need will depend on his/her weight, age, vaccination history and the duration between the time of those shots.
Puppies and Kittens
When puppies and kittens are first born, they have no immunity at all. The first milk that their mother feeds them is special milk called colostrum. In this milk, the mother passes on some of her immunity to the puppies and kittens. This is called passive immunity and protects for various periods of time – some diseases may have no protection after five weeks, others may be protected against until the puppies and kittens are sixteen weeks or older. There is little point giving any vaccinations before six weeks of age because the mothers’ immunity will destroy the vaccine and stop it from working. At 6 weeks of age, you can expect your pup to be vaccinated against: distemper, hepatitis, kennel cough, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo virus and rabies.
Mature Cats and Dogs
Talk to your veterinarian about how to care for your older pet and be prepared for possible age-related health issues. Senior pets require increased attention, including more frequent visits to the veterinarian, possible changes in diet, and in some cases alterations to their home environment. Typically, mature dogs will be protected against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo virus, kennel cough and, of course, rabies. Adult cats’ immunizations include panleukopenia (distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia and feline leukemia