Safeguarding Pets with Cat & Dog Vaccinations in Butler, PA
Rabies, distemper, and other life-threatening diseases become a much smaller threat to your pet with regular vaccinations at our hospital in Butler, PA. Our team works with you to create a customized vaccination schedule for your dog or cat that affords them maximum protection against disease. At the same time, this personalized approach ensures your pet is not getting any vaccines they don’t actually need. Over-vaccination can lead to an allergic reaction, which is counterproductive to keeping your best friend healthy.
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How Often Does My Pet Need to Be Vaccinated?
Dogs and cats should start getting their first vaccine boosters when they’re still young; ideally, around 6-8 weeks of age. This is because once a puppy or kitten has been weaned from their mother, the protective antibodies they receive from nursing start to wane. It’s important to help your new pet build up their immunity to various diseases so they can grow up healthy and be more resistant to infection. Therefore, puppies and kittens tend to receive the bulk of their booster shots in their first year of life.
Once your pet reaches adulthood, their boosters can be spread out to a year or even up to every 3 years, depending on the vaccine. Ultimately, your veterinarian will help you create a vaccination plan that’s best suited to your pet’s needs. With regular checkups, we can touch base and discuss any changes in your pet’s health or lifestyle and amend their vaccines to accommodate these changes.