Why Are Pet Vaccinations So Important?

Vaccines protect humans from a wide variety of infectious diseases, and they do the same for our pets. At Carriage Animal Clinic in Lombard, pet vaccinations are a major part of preventive medicine. Therefore, they should also play a large part in your pet’s ongoing health care. Vaccines are one of the most effective means of disease protection and should be given according to your pet’s specific needs.

Vaccines for Dogs

Wild animals are not the only carriers of disease. People and other dogs can also carry and pass an illness to your pet. Additionally, contaminated surfaces and clothing may be a risk. It is important to note that while rabies and distemper are highly lethal viruses, they are not the only ones you should be concerned about. Depending on their lifestyle, your pet will likely need more than just the rabies and distemper vaccines. Overall, our vaccines for dogs include:

  • Rabies (offer 1-year and 3-year vaccines)
  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza)
  • Bordetella (required every 6 months)
  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza (H3N8 and H3N2)

For dogs, we can give the 3-year rabies vaccine if they have been vaccinated for rabies in the past and have remained current on all their vaccines.

Vaccines for Cats

Did you know that even if your cat spends their life indoors, they’re still at risk of infection? While your home is a safe, comfortable place for your cat to live, diseases can still find their way in. In addition to rabies, cats are also vulnerable to upper respiratory infections and leukemia, which is primarily a risk for outdoor cats. To protect both indoor and outdoor cats, we offer these vaccines:

  • Rabies (offer 1-year and 3-year vaccine)
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia (highly recommended for cats that go outdoors)

As with dogs, cats can have the 3-year rabies vaccine if they were vaccinated for rabies in the past and have remained current on all other vaccines.

Vaccines for Dogs

Vaccines for Dogs

Wild animals are not the only carriers of disease. People and other dogs can also carry and pass an illness to your pet. Additionally, contaminated surfaces and clothing may be a risk. It is important to note that while rabies and distemper are highly lethal viruses, they are not the only ones you should be concerned about. Depending on their lifestyle, your pet will likely need more than just the rabies and distemper vaccines. Overall, our vaccines for dogs include:

  • Rabies (offer 1-year and 3-year vaccines)
  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza)
  • Bordetella (required every 6 months)
  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza (H3N8 and H3N2)

For dogs, we can give the 3-year rabies vaccine if they have been vaccinated for rabies in the past and have remained current on all their vaccines.

Vaccines for Cats

Vaccines for Cats

Did you know that even if your cat spends their life indoors, they’re still at risk of infection? While your home is a safe, comfortable place for your cat to live, diseases can still find their way in. In addition to rabies, cats are also vulnerable to upper respiratory infections and leukemia, which is primarily a risk for outdoor cats. To protect both indoor and outdoor cats, we offer these vaccines:

  • Rabies (offer 1-year and 3-year vaccine)
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia (highly recommended for cats that go outdoors)

As with dogs, cats can have the 3-year rabies vaccine if they were vaccinated for rabies in the past and have remained current on all other vaccines.

Pet Vaccinations in Lombard

Your Pet’s Vaccine Schedule

To determine which vaccines your pet will need to remain healthy, we need to review their health history and lifestyle. This includes understanding their breed, the places they frequent, risk of exposure, and how often (and where) they travel. Furthermore, if your pet experiences any lifestyle changes, please consult with us so we can amend your pet’s vaccine schedule to suit these changes.

Vaccinating Puppies and Kittens

Puppies and kittens should receive their first distemper vaccine between 6 and 8 weeks old, since they are highly vulnerable to disease at this stage. They need to be revaccinated for distemper every 3 weeks until they are about 16 weeks old. Rabies should be given when the distemper series is complete.

During your puppy or kitten’s visits, we will also discuss lifestyle-based vaccines, which will play just as much of a role in their ongoing health. Puppies can receive their first Bordetella vaccine at 6-8 weeks, and will need a booster in 3 weeks. We recommend the leukemia vaccine for kittens at 8 weeks, and then a booster about 3 weeks later. Your veterinarian will help you schedule the rest of your pet’s vaccinations.

To learn more about the vaccines we offer for dogs and cats or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (630) 495-3623.