August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Staying up-to-date on vaccines and immunizations is as important for pets as it is for humans. Maintaining these important shots ensures your cat or dog will lead a long and healthy life. Immunizations are important for pets that stay inside, as well as those who frequently go outside. This is because some illnesses are airborne and can easily make their way through an open window or door and into your home. “Additionally, places you may frequently visit such as boarding kennels, dog parks, and grooming salons are high-risk environments.” (We Are The Cure)
At Hometown Vet, we provide our clients a list of vaccinations their pets will need, and when they should receive them. Immunizations can prevent gastrointestinal and immune system diseases and sickness. If you’re not sure what vaccines your pet needs, please feel free to call our office and one of our team members will let you know.
Common Immunizations for Dogs and Cats
Vaccinations for Dogs
- Influenza (CIV or H3N8)
- Rabies. The rabies virus is fatal therefore in most states, dogs are required by law to receive the vaccination.
- DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para-Influenza, Parvo).
Vaccinations for Cats
- FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Panleukopenia)
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
Additional Vaccinations for Pets
Depending on your geographic location, your veterinarian may suggest additional immunizations for your pets. Some examples of common vaccinations include parainfluenza, Bordetella, leptospirosis, and Lyme. Maine ranks as the number one state in the country for incidents of Lyme Disease, so it’s important to protect your pets against the disease by having them vaccinated.
When to Vaccinate Your Dog or Cat
According to Petfinder.com, initial vaccines should be given to your puppies and kittens starting at six to eight weeks of age, with the final dose administered at 16 weeks of age. Always keep your vaccination records and schedule annual checkups with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s overall health and to stay up-to-date with any vaccinations necessary.
Ensure You’re Keeping Your Pets Safe this Summer
Making sure your pet is vaccinated is an important part of pet ownership. Immunizations ensure that your cat or dog will remain healthy, year-round. It’s important to keep in mind that certain vaccinations can take a few days to a few weeks before becoming effective. Therefore, it will be important to keep your pet safe and away from other animals and outdoor situations while they’re at risk. If you’re unsure of which shots this applies to, please check with your vet
Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month by contacting us today and making any necessary appointments for your furry family members! There is no better way to ensure your pets remain healthy than providing them with the preventative medicines they need.
If you have any questions about which immunizations and vaccines your pet may need, please give our office a call! We would love to provide you with the information you need for your pets. You can call us at (207) 453-7387, swing by our office in Fairfield or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Hometown Veterinary Care
We Are The Cure