Are your cat and dog up to date on pet vaccinations?

Posted by Argos. November 28th 2014.

Regardless of whether you own a cat, dog, horse, rabbit or chinchilla, regular visits to the vet are a must.

Regular check-ups will help to safeguard your pet’s future by ensuring they’re up-to-date with their vaccinations – but how do you know if your pet is fully protected? Some of the diseases prevented by vaccinations can even be transmitted to humans so it’s vital that you make keeping on top of vaccinations a priority.

Your vet should give you a vaccination health card which records all the immunisations your pet has received and when they are next due so always keep this handy and set a reminder so you never miss an important date with your vet!

A dog is examined by a vet

When to vaccinate your pets

It’s important to know when to vaccinate your pets. For example, new born kittens and puppies will be protected from infectious vaccinations for just a few weeks – providing their mothers have been regular vaccinated.

Both animals have different vaccination schedules so it’s important you do your research and take a note of when any new pets should be first vaccinated.

  • Kittens: 9-12 weeks
  • Puppies: 8-10 weeks

In their first check-up, kittens and puppies will have a course of two injections administered between the ages mentioned above. They will then need to return for another injection 12 months after their initial vaccination date.

Asides from new born and younger pets, it’s important to ensure the wellbeing of older pets too. The older an animal gets, the weaker their immune system is likely to become and a quick trip to the vets will boost this with relevant injections.

Kitten and vet

Preventing infectious diseases

Some pet vaccinations need to be repeated regularly to protect your animal from constant threats. If you own a dog, he or she should be regularly vaccinated against infectious canine hepatitis, canine distemper virus, leptospirosis and canine parvovirus.

Additionally, if your dog is going to visit the kennels then a kennel cough vaccine is another important vaccine to consider. Owners wishing to take their dogs abroad (either on holiday or to live) will need to look into the rabies vaccination too.

Cats must undergo a similar vaccination process which will protect them from feline herpes virus, feline infectious enteritis, feline calicivirus and feline leukemia virus.

If you own a rabbit, they need to undergo regular check-ups which will most likely include vaccinations for Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease and Myxomatosis.

It’s your responsibility

As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your beloved pets are kept in tip-top condition. From ensuring they eat the right food to giving them plenty of exercise and taking them to the vet, there are a number of ways you can safeguard their health.

They’re unable to do these things for themselves, which is why it’s important you do it for them. You’ll not only be looking after their wellbeing, but the health of those around you.

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