Vaccinations are an essential element of the preventive health care services we offer at the Vet’s Animal Hospital of Denver, CO, along with regular physical and dental checkups, spay and neuter, good nutrition, weight management, and parasite control. We provide a complete range of the core and recommended vaccination of dogs and cats.
Why Vaccination Of Dogs And Cats Is Important
Vaccinations are intended to prevent illness caused by specific diseases that are most likely to be encountered in a lifetime. Many of the diseases that are common for dogs and cats can also be transmitted to humans and other animals. They can cause disability and suffering, and even death. Treating disease once it has developed is often much more costly than preventing it from occurring with a vaccination. Vaccines are a safe and affordable investment in your pet’s health.
Core And Recommended Vaccination Of Dogs And Cats
Cats and dogs are at risk from different diseases, therefore they require different vaccinations. Some should be given to all dogs and cats, the core vaccinations, while others are highly recommended. Your vet will determine the right vaccine schedule for your pet based on their health history, examination and screening tests, and individual lifestyle.
Canine Core Vaccinations
Recommended For Dogs
- Canine influenza
Feline Core Vaccinations
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
Recommended For Cats
- Feline leukemia
The Vaccination Schedule
Vaccination of dogs and cats is completed in stages over a period of time. The first set is usually administered at between six to eight weeks for both kittens and puppies. Booster shots are given every three to four weeks afterward until your pet is fully vaccinated. They may also require an annual booster shot.
Rabies vaccination is required by law for both cats and dogs, starting at between 14 to 16 weeks of age and then again in a year. After the initial set, they may receive a rabies booster every three years.
Vaccination of dogs and cats is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your pet. To schedule a visit to The Vet’s Animal Hospital, please use our convenient online form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.