Pet Vaccination Information from our Columbus Veterinarian
Vaccinations are an essential part of a good preventative health plan for your pet. The vast majority of vaccinated pets obtain immunity against several potentially dangerous diseases. There are a set of vaccinations for both cats and dogs that are considered "core" and should be given to all pets, as well as other "lifestyle" vaccines that are appropriate for only some pets. Our experienced and caring veterinarian in Columbus advises all pet owners to become familiar with their pet's vaccinations needs.
What Vaccines Do
Vaccines use dead or modified forms of the disease-causing organism or toxin in order to stimulate an immune response without causing illness. Once this process is complete, your pet's body contains cells and antibodies that "remember" exposure to the disease and can fight it off if they are exposed in the future. Unvaccinated pets and wild animals remain an on-going source of disease, so it is important that all pets be properly vaccinated.
When to Vaccinate Your Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens usually start a vaccine series at 6 to 8 weeks of age. This series is usually given every 3-4 weeks until they are four months old. The rabies vaccine is administered once, usually between three and four months of age. The core vaccine for cats is called FVRCP. The core vaccine for dogs is a little more variable but provides protection against at least distemper, adenovirus (also known as hepatitis) and parvovirus. It may be called DAP, DA2P, DAPP, DHPP, or something similar.
Boosters for Adult Pets
Adult pets should receive boosters, which are given every year or every three years, depending on the vaccine. Adult animals with an unknown immunization history should be vaccinated as soon as possible. There are a number of vaccinations that may be appropriate for your pet, depending on their lifestyle. Dogs who socialize heavily may benefit from a kennel cough vaccine, for example. Outdoor cats may need to be vaccinated against feline leukemia.
It is important to provide vaccinations throughout your pet's life. Puppies and kittens are vulnerable and at higher risk of complications due to some diseases, but others are fatal at any age. Senior pets are also more likely to become very ill if they contract a disease.
Schedule an Appointment for Vaccinations with our Columbus Veterinarian
We provide all core vaccines and many lifestyle options for dogs and cats at our facility. Vaccinations are given by our trusted Georgesville Road Animal Hospital veterinarians according to the latest information. Our progressive vaccine schedules and non-aluminum additive vaccines for cats minimize the already tiny risk that vaccinations pose. If you have any concerns, our vets in Columbus can discuss all of your options when it comes to vaccination and help you decide on the best plan for your pet. Call us today at (614) 272-0162 to make an appointment with Georgesville Road Animal Hospital.