Whether you have a kitten that weighs just a pound or a pooch who weighs in at 100, some key pet vaccines will keep your pets their happiest and healthiest.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Benjamin Franklin said famously. And prevention is what vaccines are all about. Rabies, for example, will kill cats 100% of the time, and there’s no cure. A rabies shot for cats is the best—and only—way to prevent it.
Some pets can get protection from vaccines beginning as early as six weeks old. States require some pet vaccines, like those for rabies. Other vaccines depend on where you and your pet live, and whether they go outside, for example.
Vaccines usually need a follow-up, or booster, shot a year or more after the first one. So it’s important to keep track of them. Save copies of all records, and rely on your veterinarian for back-up if you lose them.
For cats and dogs, some of the most important vaccines prevent:
- Distemper, which can cause brain damage and death
All dogs also need protection from:
- Parvovirus, which can also cause death
- Hepatitis, which can cause liver damage and death
Depending on where you live or if you board or show your dog, your pooch might also need vaccines to prevent: parainfluenza infections, kennel cough (which can be dangerous for puppies) and Lyme disease.
For cats, other important vaccines prevent:
- Herpesvirus, which causes dangerous breathing problems
- Calicivirus, which also causes breathing problems, plus several painful symptoms.
Though pet vaccinations might not have been available in the 1700s, Ben Franklin most certainly would have taken advantage of them for his family’s Newfoundland dog. Do the same for your beloved family pets.
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