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Everything You Should Know About Pet Vaccinations!

Pet Vaccinations

Recommended Pet Vaccinations From Your Marana Veterinarian

The same way doctors recommend vaccines for children, veterinarians advocate immunizing dogs and cats. If you have a pet in need of vaccinations, you might wonder which ones are recommended and on what schedule. While our Marana veterinarian can answer your specific questions, the general information here can help you get started.

The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pet

Many communicable diseases are completely avoidable with the right pet vaccinations. By following the recommended dog and cat vaccination schedule, you can help ensure your pet lives a long and happy life free of preventable diseases.

Recommended Dog Vaccinations

The recommendations below are general guidelines only. The specific vaccines we recommend will depend on your pet’s lifestyle, boarding plans, underlying health conditions, and other factors.

Core Vaccines

Core vaccinations are recommended for all puppies and dogs. The rabies dog vaccination is the most important core vaccine and is required to have your pet licensed. It can be administered as early as three months old with booster shots given every one to three years.

Distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus are also recommended. These are administered in at least three doses between six and 16 weeks old with booster shots given every one to three years.

Non-Core Vaccines

These non-essential vaccines are administered based on your dog’s individual risk. They include:

  • Parainfluenza

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough)

  • Lyme disease

  • Leptospirosis

  • Canine influenza

Recommended Cat Vaccinations

The same factors that affect which vaccines a dog should receive also apply to cats. Visit with our Marana veterinarian for recommendations based on your cat’s specific needs.

Core Vaccines

The rabies cat vaccination is the most important core vaccine. Like the canine version, it is a requirement to have your pet licensed. The vaccine can be administered as early as eight weeks old with booster shots given every one to three years.

Other core vaccines recommended for all kittens and cats include feline distemper (panleukopenia), feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus.

Non-Core Vaccines

The optional vaccinations administered based on your cat’s individual risk include Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and bordetella.

Schedule Your Next Dog Vaccination or Cat Vaccination at Dove Mountain Veterinary

Our Marana veterinarian administers all the vaccines listed above to help your pet avoid contracting preventable communicable diseases. Whether you need a dog vaccination or cat vaccination, please call us at 520-448-9690 to schedule your appointment.

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