Every pet owner should be aware of the importance of vaccinations. It’s critical to the health of your dog or cat to have them done early. Usually around six weeks old for puppies and nine weeks for kittens is old enough to start the process. Cats are primarily vaccinated for cat flu and leukaemia, while dogs are given shots for rabies, distemper, and hepatitis.
Consult with your vet to work out a vaccination schedule, which will include dates that booster shots can be administered. Just like with human vaccinations, there’s some controversy surrounding the necessity and frequency of pet vaccinations, so be sure to talk with your veterinarian about the specifics to find what’s right for you and your pet.
More and more pet owners are adopting pets these days that have unknown medical histories, so you may not know whether your pet has been vaccinated. Veterinarians can check the antibody levels in your pet’s blood, sometimes called a “titer” test, to determine whether or not he or she needs to be re-vaccinated. The cost for such a test is generally in the 60 to 80 dollar range, but can go much higher depending on what you want to test for.
Help your pets stay healthy by setting up a schedule of vaccinations with your vet. It’s not a cure-all, but they can help keep your pet safe from some of the most common animal diseases like cat flu and rabies.