Vaccinations are an essential part of the preventive animal health care services we provide at the Amber Leaf Animal Hospital in Winfield, IL. Regular physical and dental exams, spay and neuter procedures, good nutrition and weight management, and parasite control are also vital. We provide a complete schedule of vaccination of dogs and cats.
Why Vaccination Of Dogs And Cats Is Important
Vaccines are designed to prevent sickness caused by the diseases that your pet is most likely to encounter during their lifetime. Many of the diseases that are common in pets can also be transmitted to humans and to other animals. They can cause illness and disability and even death. Treating a disease once it is present is often more costly than preventing it with the vaccination of dogs and cats. Vaccinations are a safe, and affordable, investment in the health of your pet.
Core And Recommended Vaccination Of Dogs And Cats
Dogs and cats are at risk from different types of disease and therefore they require different vaccines. Some types are appropriate for all cats and dogs, called core vaccinations. Others are highly recommended by animal health authorities. Your vet will determine which vaccines are right for your pet based on their health history and their individual lifestyle.
Canine Core Vaccinations
Recommended For Dogs
- Canine influenza
Feline Core Vaccinations
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
Recommended For Cats
- Feline leukemia
The Vaccination Schedule
The vaccination of both dogs and cats is completed in stages over a period of time, with the first shots usually administered at between six to eight weeks of age for both cats and dogs. Then they’ll receive booster shots every three to four weeks until they are fully vaccinated. They may also need an annual booster shot.
The law requires rabies vaccination for both dogs and cats starting at between 14 to 16 weeks of age and then again in one year. After the initial vaccinations, they may receive the rabies booster every three years.
Vaccination of dogs and cats is very important for their health. To schedule a visit to the Amber Leaf Animal Hospital in Winfield, IL, please use our convenient online form and we’ll be in touch shortly.