You already know how important being fully vaccinated is for you and your human family members, but you should keep in mind that pet vaccinations are just as important for your four-legged family members. Vaccination against disease is one of the primary elements of a comprehensive preventative animal health care program, along with regular examinations, proper diet and good nutrition, spay and neuter, weight control, and parasite control and prevention. The First Avenue Veterinary Hospital in East Village, NYC can ensure that your pet is up to date with all of the vaccinations they need.
Why Vaccination Is Important
Specific vaccines have been developed for pets to counter the diseases they are likely to encounter in their lifetime. These diseases can cause suffering, disability, and death, and some can be passed on to people and other animals. It’s much easier to prevent them than to treat them after they’ve developed. Vaccinations are safe and affordable, and they work. They are a great investment in the health of your pet.
Types Of Pet Vaccinations
Dogs and cats are equally at risk from some types of disease, while others are specific to their species. Core vaccines are given to both, while others may be recommended for your pet based on a number of factors, including their medical history, breed, age, physical examination, and home environment and lifestyle. These are the primary core and recommended vaccines for dogs and cats.
Core Vaccinations for Canines
- Canine Influenza
Core Vaccinations for Felines
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia
The Vaccination Schedule
Pet vaccinations are given over time in stages, starting with the initial vaccinations and then a series of boosters until they are fully vaccinated. Dogs and cats will both receive their first shots when they are around six to eight weeks of age, then they’ll receive booster shots every few weeks afterward. Your vet may recommend that they get a booster every year, depending on their risk level and lifestyle.
Rabies vaccination is legally required for both dogs and cats. The shots are given at about 14 to 16 weeks of age and then a booster in a year. They may require additional booster shots every one to three years after that depending on the type of vaccination they receive.
Vaccine Titer Services
We also offer titer testing for our older pet patients. Although it’s safe for senior pets to receive vaccinations, it’s a good idea to test a blood sample to find out what type and amount of antibodies they have in their system. If they are already sufficiently protected against a disease, a vaccination won’t be necessary.
To ensure your pet is fully vaccinated, contact the First Avenue Veterinary Hospital in East Village to schedule an appointment.