Pet vaccinations play an essential role in keeping your pet healthy by protecting them from various diseases such as kennel cough and rabies. Having your pet vaccinated is the best way to help you avoid costly veterinary bills for preventable illnesses, and will ultimately give you peace of mind.
What are the types of vaccinations for dogs and cats?
Dogs are required to be vaccinated for the prevention of canine parvovirus, canine distemper, canine parainfluenza, bordetella for kennel cough and rabies which is administered separately.
Vaccines for cats include feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, panleukopenia and rabies which is also administered separately.
Staying up to date on vaccinations
Puppies and kittens should start getting vaccinated at 8 weeks old. It is recommended that most vaccines are done annually, with rabies administered every three years depending on the type of vaccine/pet.
Vaccines required for boarding pets
If you are thinking of boarding your pet while you travel, he or she will need up to date vaccinations. For the health and safety of all pets, boarding kennels require proof that your pet’s vaccinations are current. It’s best to plan ahead and vaccinate your pet early to avoid having to schedule a last-minute vet appointment before leaving for your trip.
A little prevention will help ensure our furry friends are healthier and happier. For more information on the importance of vaccinating your pets, make an appointment with your veterinarian. If you do not have a vet for your pet you can search for one through the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association’s website.