Importance of Vaccines for Your Pet
An essential part of every young animal's first visit to our veterinarian includes vaccines. When people bring in their new family members, our team at Marietta Animal Hospital provides the recommended types of vaccines to prevent disease. For both kittens and puppies throughout Jacksonville, FL, our veterinarian encourages vaccinations to be a top priority for promoting overall health.
Many diseases for animals that used to be fatal are now easily preventable, thanks to advancements in scientific research. A vaccine triggers the immune response in an animal, so they develop immunity to the illness. Your pet is protected from widespread and highly infectious diseases through a simple injection at our Jacksonville, FL office.
Veterinarian Recommended Vaccines for Kittens
There are core vaccines and non-core vaccines that are recommended for your kitten, depending on lifestyle. The core vaccines recommended for all kittens are given every 3-4 weeks until they are four months old. These vaccines include feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus 1), feline distemper (panleukopenia), calicivirus, and rabies. The rabies vaccine is only given once, somewhere between 12-16 weeks old. Non-core vaccines are given to cats that will spend time outside or to kittens in contact with outdoor cats. These non-core vaccines include chlamydophila and feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV).
Veterinarian Recommended Vaccines for Puppies
Vaccines for your puppy are also administered in the first few months, between 6 weeks and 16 months of age. There is also a rabies vaccine for puppies in addition to a DHPP vaccine that protects against distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. These are the core vaccines administered to all puppies. We also provide non-core vaccines that protect against bordetella, canine influenza, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease.
A Worthwhile Investment into Your Pet's Health
If you choose not to invest in vaccinating your pet, there is a chance that your pet may not contract an illness. Your pet could be perfectly healthy, and you will have saved a small amount of money. If your pet does contract a disease that a vaccine would've otherwise prevented, your costs might be considerable. Our veterinarian and professionals at Marietta Animal Hospital highly recommend all young animals receive vaccines, ensuring that they are well protected against any disease that can negatively affect their health.
Contact Us for Pet Care from Our Veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL
The first year of your pet's life is the most important to ensure they are well-protected. That's why our team at Marietta Animal Hospital is committed to providing pets the health care they need to live happy and healthy lives. Please call us and schedule your pet's initial appointment, and we create a vaccine schedule that best first your young animal's needs. Contact us to schedule an exam or to learn more about how we can help your recently adopted animal.