Protecting your best friend
One of the most important things you can do to give your pet a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common diseases. Your pet's mother gave him/ her immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period it's up to you and your veterinarian here at CCVH to provide that protection.
FAQ's about vaccinations
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or "killed" viruses, bacteria or other disease causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your pet's immune system to produce disease fighting cells and proteins (antibodies) to protect against disease.
When should my puppy or kitten be vaccinated?
The immunity your puppy or kitten has at birth begins to diminish sometime between 6 and 8 weeks. This is the time to begin initial vaccinations, which will be repeated every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is about 4 months old. If there is too much time between the booster and the first vaccination, your pet may need to undergo the series again.
How effective is vaccination?
Like any drug treatment or surgical procedure, vaccinations can not be 100% guaranteed. However, used in conjunction with proper nutrition and acceptable sanitary conditions, vaccination is clearly your pet's best defense against disease. Plus, when you consider what treating a serious illness can cost you and your beloved pet in terms of both money and distress, prevention through vaccination is extremely cost-effective.
Which vaccinations should my dog receive?
Most veterinarians believe that your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Such diseases could include Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus, Leptosporosis, Canine Tracheobronchitis and Rabies. Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on your veterinarian's evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your dog's particular heredity, environment and lifestyle.
Which vaccinations should my cat receive?
Most veterinarians believe that your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Such diseases could include Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Chlamydophila, Feline Leukemia and Rabies. Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on your veterinarian's evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your cat's particular heredity, environment and lifestyle.