Just like with children, pets need vaccines to avoid serious illnesses. In addition, some vaccines, like to prevent rabies, are required by law in most states because of the risk to humans. No one, including pets, likes getting shots or their expense, but the price of vaccinations for pets is reasonable, especially when you consider how much pain, suffering, and medical expenses could come from not vaccinating your pet.
Which vaccines do cats need?
Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Herpesvirus-1 and Feline Calicivirus + FeLV (FVRCP + FeLV). Commonly called the distemper shot, this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: Feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper), Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (feline herpes), Calicivirus plus Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV), which is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats. Your vet may also suggest your cat receive vaccines for Chlamydia and Bordetella depending on your cat’s history.
Cats should also receive rabies booster shots either every year or every three years depending on the type of vaccine given. The Feline Leukemia shot is boosted at age 1. If your cat doesn’t go outside, no further vaccination is needed unless they are at higher risk. Then it is needed annually. The distemper shot needs a booster every three years. If your cat is at high risk for Bordetella, then it will need annual booster shots.
Which vaccines do dogs need?
Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus-2, and Parvovirus (DAPP), +/- Parainfluenza Virus. Commonly called the distemper shot, this combination vaccine actually protects against the four diseases in its full name. Your vet may also suggest your dog receive vaccines for Bordetella Bronchiseptica, Leptospira, Borrelia Burgdorferi, Canine Influenza Virus-H3N8, Canine Influenza Virus-H3N2, and Crotalus Atrox depending on your dog’s history.
Dogs should also receive rabies booster shots either every year or every three years depending on the type of vaccine given. The distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus types 1 and 2 shots are boosted at age 1, and then again every three years or more often depending on your vet’s recommendation. Boosters for Bordetella, Lyme Disease, Canine Influenza, and Leptospirosis are needed annually.
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