3.) Core Vaccines
Core vaccines are known to be vital for every pet based on their risk of exposure, the severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. For dogs, there are vaccines designed to prevent canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, and rabies. These are known as core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are distributed by what on the dog’s risk to exposure is. These may include vaccines that prevent Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria. For cats, vaccines are available to prevent panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I and rabies. All of these are considered core cat vaccines. The Non-core vaccines are distributed depending on what the cat’s lifestyle is; these non-core vaccines for cats prevent feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus. Your veterinarian will most likely be able to decide what vaccines are going to work the best for your pet.
2.) Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your pet.
This will all depend on the kind of vaccine you’re dealing with, your pet’s age, his medical history, the atmosphere he is used to and his lifestyle. For puppies if his or her mother had a fairly healthy immune system, that puppy will most likely get some antibodies in their mother’s milk while nursing. Puppies should always have a bunch of vaccinations done at around six to eight weeks of age. A veterinarian should conduct a minimum of three vaccinations at intervals of three- to four-weeks. The final dosage should be conducted at 16 weeks of age. For adult dogs some adult dogs might get certain vaccines every year, while many other vaccines might be given in longer intervals of time, like every three years or maybe longer. For kitties, well, they automatically pick up a good handful of antibodies in the milk their mother creates, but again, this can only be doable if their mother has a fairly healthy immune system. When the little kitten is around six to eight weeks of age, a veterinarian should start to conduct a series of vaccines at intervals of three to four weeks before the kitten finally becomes 16 weeks of age. As for adult cats: The owner of any adult cats has the option to get their cats re-vaccinated every year or every three years.
1.) Just like any other medical procedure, there is a tiny chance of possible side effects.
In most scenarios, the risks are much lighter than the risks of sickness itself. However, it is always good to talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s medical history before he or she is vaccinated. Many pets don’t even show any negative reactions from vaccination. Vaccine side effects may be very minor and short-lived or they require immediate care from a veterinarian. Clinical signs may include:
Fever, sluggishness, loss of appetite, facial swelling and/or hives, vomiting, diarrhea pain, swelling, redness, scabbing or hair loss around the injection site, difficulty breathing and even seizures. If you think your pet is receiving a reaction to a certain vaccine, call your veterinarian right away.
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