Part of being a good pet owner is preventing illness and injuries to your beloved pet before they happen. That can be a difficult task, especially when your pet is adventurous. Diseases are one thing you can prevent with a little help from All Creatures Animal Hospital in Naples, FL.
Your pet needs to visit our animal doctor to receive certain vaccinations on the appropriate schedule. Similar to humans, pets need an initial vaccination, then a booster shot after a specified period of time. Dogs and cats visit the pet doctor on different schedules, but both need vaccines. Vaccinations fall into two categories for both: non-core and core vaccines. Call our veterinary service to learn about the vaccination schedule for other animals.
Your dog needs his initial vaccinations before he turns 16 weeks of age, but he must have reached the age of 6 weeks before he can get his shots. He also requires a round of initial core vaccines upon reaching early adulthood. He can obtain these once he reaches the age of 16 weeks. States regulate at what age a dog receives his rabies vaccination, but it can occur as early as 3 months of age.
The vaccine comes as a single dose but requires an annual booster shot. He needs a distemper vaccine between 6 to 16 weeks of age, typically administered in 3 doses. He also gets a booster shot after 1 year and a booster every 3 years. Parvovirus vaccine comes in 3 doses administered between 6 and 16 weeks of age. Puppies require a booster shot 1 year after the initial vaccination, but adult dogs need a booster shot every 3 years.
Adenovirus, type 1 also known as canine hepatitis, is an intranasal vaccine that requires a booster dose once per year after the initial dose, then a booster shot every 3 years. Canines also require an adenovirus, type 2, or kennel cough vaccine. Puppies receive at least 3 doses between the ages of 6 weeks to 16 weeks of age. They require a booster shot 1 year after the initial vaccine. Non-core dog vaccines include parainfluenza infection, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza shots.
Felines also need vaccinations, beginning when they are kittens. Your kitten needs vaccinations by the time she turns 16 weeks old and as an adult cat once she reaches the age of 16 weeks. Cats require a rabies vaccine as early as 8 weeks of age with a follow-up vaccination 1 year later. States regulate the frequency of administration. Your kitty also needs a feline distemper shot as early as 6 weeks of age, but by 16 weeks of age, this typically comes in a multi-dose administration.
Between the ages of 6 weeks and 16 weeks, your feline will also need a feline herpesvirus vaccine given as 2 doses 3 to 4 weeks apart. Between the ages of 6 weeks and 16 weeks of age, your kitten also needs a calicivirus vaccine. She will then get another dose at 1 year and then again once every 3 years. The non-core vaccines are Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and bordetella.
Pet Vaccines in Naples, FL
These vaccines remain vital to the health of your cat or dog. Call All Creatures Animal Hospital today at (239) 598-4545 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, Dr. Lynn Holladay.