One of the best things you can do to give your pet a good start in life is getting them vaccinated. Vaccines can prevent a number of serious and deadly diseases. Puppies and kittens need their shots because many of their systems are fragile and still developing. Vaccines protect them as they grow.
Vaccines have very few side effects, and even those side effects are usually mild and don’t last very long. Your pet needs certain vaccines. These vaccines are important to your pet’s health and are sometimes required by law. They include:
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- Lyme vaccine (dogs)
- DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza (dogs)
- FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (cats)
- Leptospirosis vaccine (dogs)
Another recommended vaccination for cats is FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For dogs, bordetella and canine influenza shots are recommended if they often go to dog parks and boarding kennels.
Indoor pets need to be vaccinated as well. Your Animal Hospital of Perth Amboy veterinarian can tell you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 888-405-1738.