Cat and Dog Vaccinations
Vaccinations are important to keep your pets healthy. Some pets need more and some need fewer vaccinations depending on their risk factors. Indoor cats need fewer vaccinations than ones who spend time outdoors. Hunting dogs need more vaccinations than house dogs. Because of this, it is important to discuss your pet’s lifestyle with us so that we can design the perfect vaccination schedule for your new pet.
Since most people bring their new puppy or kitten in as soon as they get them, we can use this time to discuss risk factors and decide on a vaccination schedule that will work for you.
Most puppies and kittens get their first vaccinations when they are seven to eight weeks old. Then they will need boosters every three or weeks until they have all of their vaccinations.
After the initial vaccination series is complete, we recommend bi-yearly or yearly visits to maintain good health, even if your pet doesn’t need vaccinations. Examinations may help us identify problems your pet has that you may not even realize at a time when they have just begun to avoid serious or chronic conditions that are harder to treat as time progresses. At that time, we will be able to go over any questions you may have about your pet’s care. We will also discuss preventive medicine including flea, tick, and heartworm medications.
Just as it is important to use vaccinations to protect our pets, it is also important to avoid overvaccination and your veterinarian will help decide if any previously administered vaccines are no longer needed for your pet’s current lifestyle.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 317-578-1298.Your questions or concerns about vaccines are important to us.