Vaccinations are a vital part of what keeps our dog and cat population healthy and protected. There are a lot of different diseases we vaccinate for – mostly upper respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. The most important vaccine a dog and cat will get is their Rabies vaccine. Rabies is a virus that can be transmitted to humans and is deadly, so we definitely want to be protected from that. Any dog or cat can get Rabies – even indoor ones! There have been instances where a bat gets into a house and the cat or dog decides to play with it. Bat teeth are too small to see a bite- so if a pet has played with the bat, we generally assume they have gotten bit. If this happens we can send the bat into the diagnostic lab to have it tested. We may have to quarantine the dog/cat and booster its Rabies vaccine depending on the individual situation.
In the initial series of vaccines, timing is important! To provide optimal protection against disease in the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations is scheduled. In many instances, the first dose of vaccine serves to prime the animal’s immune system. This response is relatively weak and short-lived. Subsequent doses 3 to 4 week’s apart help further stimulate the body’s immune system to provide protective antibodies against the diseases.
Here is a breakdown of the timing and type of canine and feline vaccinations we recommend.