Some pet vaccinations are a matter of personal preference or recommendations based on where you live; you can choose whether to give your pet the vaccine or not by weighing their risk of contracting the illness. However, any veterinarian will tell you that there are a few core vaccines every animal should receive, regardless of location or circumstance.
When you take your young puppy or kitten into Animal Health Care Center North Ltd in Rhinelander, WI, for pet vaccinations, there are five things listed below that should be given to every animal for their health and the safety of their families:
- Rabies: Both cats and dogs are susceptible to rabies, and this shot is typically a requirement by law. This viral disease causes inflammation in the brain and is almost always fatal, and it can be transmitted to people. It’s usually transmitted through saliva, so if your pet is bitten by an infected animal, they will be infected. The vaccine, given at a young age and regularly throughout their life, will protect your pet.
- Distemper: This is another virus that can affect both cats and dogs. It attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system. It’s extremely contagious and similar to rabies, it’s often fatal. This vaccine is given to young puppies and kittens.
- Parvovirus: This vaccine is for puppies only. The virus typically attacks the gastrointestinal tract and can attack the heart as well. It’s often fatal if it isn’t treated and is highly contagious through the contact of feces. This vaccine requires at least a few doses.
- Adenovirus: This is another vaccine for puppies only. Your dog should be vaccinated for type one and two, each respectively known by their common names as canine hepatitis and kennel cough. Each vaccine will be a couple of doses.
- Herpesvirus: This is a vaccine for kittens only; cats are at a higher risk when they are younger, so your kitten should get this one at about five weeks. The virus leads to feline viral rhinotracheitis, which is a very contagious respiratory condition.
In addition to the pet vaccinations listed above, it’s recommended for you to speak with your veterinarian, in case they recommend adding more vaccines to your pet’s schedule. Your location and lifestyle may put your pet at risk for other diseases or viruses, and shots are the best way to protect them. Call (715) 365-8387 to schedule a checkup with a pet doctor at Animal Health Care Center North Ltd, so you can have a happy, healthy pet.