Just as humans get their annual flu shot, we must have our pets vaccinated as well! From the time your pet is born, you should work with your veterinarian to manage a vaccination schedule that will keep your cat or dog safe and healthy throughout their life.
Depending on where you live, the age of your pet, their breed, local laws, etc. your pet’s vaccination schedule may look different, and our skilled veterinarian team will help determine the best plan of action.
Why You Should Vaccinate Your Pet
Many people ask, “Well, why should I vaccinate my cat or dog? Animals are so much tougher than humans!” While they may have stomachs of steel and react to illness differently than we do, there are still many infectious diseases that can affect cats and dogs severely. Some of which can be passed on to humans, like rabies, so it’s important to stay up to date with vaccinations.
It’s especially important to get your puppy vaccinated, or make sure that when you adopt them they have received vaccinations with proper documentation. Puppies are very susceptible to disease, especially after they are weaned off their mother’s milk, which offers antibacterial properties. A few vaccines you want to make sure your puppy has are:
- Bordetella (aka Kennel Cough) – Respiratory disease
- Canine Distemper – Respiratory and nervous system virus
- Coronavirus (no, not COVID-19!) – Intestinal infection
- Influenza – Similar to the human flu
- Lyme Disease
- Leptospirosis – Blood infection
Adult Dog Vaccinations
Just like humans, dogs sometimes need booster shots to ensure that the vaccination is still effective. They also may be vaccinated against different types of infectious diseases than puppies. Here are a few vaccines your adult dog may require:
- Parvovirus – A gastrointestinal disease
- Adenovirus – Liver and respiratory disease
- Distemper Boosters
- Rabies Boosters
- Parainfluenza – Respiratory disease
Kitten & Cat Vaccinations
Some vaccines that may be recommended for your cat or kitten include:
- FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper)
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
- FHV (Feline herpesvirus)
Do You Need to Get Your Cat or Dog Vaccinated?
As you read through this, are you realizing that your pet hasn’t been vaccinated or seen a vet in a while? Bring them to Peninsula Pet Clinic where we can do a full examination in our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital to ensure they’re in peak health. Call us at (310) 833-1111 today to schedule your dog’s veterinarian appointment. We also accept walk-ins and offer emergency care!