Much like people, pets need vaccinations to protect them from diseases that are either tough to treat or, in many cases, even fatal. At Westwood Pet Care Dothan, AL, our licensed and experienced veterinarian keeps patients up-to-date on all core and non-core vaccines.
Vaccinations for Dogs
Rabies vaccines are required by law for all pets. The requirements for how often your pup needs boosters vary by state and county, with most requiring them annually to prevent deadly infections. There is no cure for rabies. Canines can get their first shot as early as three months. Another core dog vaccine is distemper, which requires three doses between the ages of six and sixteen weeks for puppies and two doses three to four weeks apart for dogs over sixteen weeks old.
Pets will need a booster a year after the initial doses and a follow-up shot every three years. Puppies can get this vaccination on the same schedule as the distemper shots. Additionally, the adenovirus type one and type two also lead to dangerous illnesses that two vaccines on the same plan as the distemper and parvovirus ones can prevent the diseases. If you board your dog or send them to doggy daycare, your pet will need additional protection.
Vaccinations for Cats
Like dogs, all cats are required to have a rabies shot. Felines get a single dose as early as eight weeks old, and a follow-up shot a year later, and if they're over 16 weeks, they receive two treatments, 12 months apart with a follow-up every one to three years. Other core vaccines for feline distemper, feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus can start at six weeks for kittens. Adults can get the shots in two doses, three to four weeks apart with a booster every three years.
Puppy and Kitten Care in Dothan, AL
Call Westwood Pet Care today at (334) 678-8996 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.