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Pet Vaccinations at TLC for Pets Veterinary Hospital in Reisterstown
At TLC for Pets Veterinary Hospital, we believe that prevention is the best form of medication. When you visit your vet in Reisterstown, we’ll often recommend routine screenings of your pet’s health. Wellness exams often will include your pet’s necessary pet vaccinations. It’s a good idea to speak to your vet about your pet’s specific needs. Vaccinations are critical to keeping your pet health and prolonging their lifespan. Dr. Mitchell Lucas, your veterinarian, is happy to answer any of your questions about vaccinations.
Why Does Your Pet Need Vaccinations?
All pets need vaccinations. They are an inexpensive form of insurance on your pet’s life. Dogs, even those who spend a great deal of time indoors, can be exposed to a disease that can cause life-threatening complications. Cats, especially those that are exposed to disease by spending time outdoors, also need proper vaccinations.
Vaccines for your animals work in the same way that they work for humans. Your pet is given a very small and altered dose of a live virus. That virus is injected into the pet’s bloodstream. The body’s immune system goes to work to create antibodies against that virus. The outcome is that your pet develops a tolerance for the virus and isn’t likely to become ill from it while vaccinated.
When Does Your Pet Need Vaccinations?
When you visit Dr. Lucas and the team, we’ll make recommendations to you about the proper time to vaccinate your pet. Below is a basic schedule we follow.
Dog Vaccine Schedule
- Rabies vaccinations given to your dog at 1 year old; can be started at 3 months old. Annual boosters are necessary. (Rabies is always fatal to unvaccinated pets.)
- Distemper vaccinations given in 3 doses with the first at 6 weeks of age. Puppies will need a booster at 1 year while all dogs will need a booster every 3 years. (This is a severe disease that can cause permanent brain damage if your pet is exposed to it).
- Parvovirus vaccination is given in 3 doses starting at 6 weeks. Puppies will need a booster after their first year and all dogs need a booster every 3 years. (Parvo is usually fatal and is highly contagious leading to vomiting and bloody diarrhea.)
- Adenovirus Type 1, also known as Cav 1, is given in 3 doses with the first at 6 weeks of age. It will need to have a booster at 1 year and then every 3 years. (Canine hepatitis causes severe liver damage and ultimately death in untreated cases).
We’ll also recommend addition vaccinations for your pet. This may include Bordetella, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, and canine influenza.
Cat Vaccine Schedule
- Rabies vaccination is given to your cat as a single dose at 8 weeks of age and requires at least an update every 3 years. (Rabies is fatal 100% of the time).
- Feline Distemper vaccination is given at 6 weeks to start with a follow-up dose a month later. Your pet will need a booster at 1 and then a booster every 3 years. (Cat distemper is highly contagious and causes death in kittens).
- Feline Herpesvirus is a vaccination given at 6 weeks and then again a month later. Your pet will need 1 dose at 1 year of age and a follow up every 3 years. (This contagious respiratory condition can be fatal).
Additional vaccinations for cats may include Calicivirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Bordetella.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Veterinary Office Today
Meet with your pet’s veterinary office for an update to vaccinations. Your veterinarian can create a vaccination schedule right for your pet. Call our Reisterstown office at (410) 833-1717