Pet Vaccines at Farview Veterinary Hospital
Pet vaccines are an essential part of your furry friend’s health and well-being. Just like youths and adults need protection from serious illnesses and diseases, animals require routine vaccinations such as rabies, a shot that is required by law in most counties. Our veterinarian in Independence, MO, highly recommends that pets get their first set of core vaccines around two months of age.
This will require several visits over the course of weeks and months initially, and annual boosters may be necessary to maintain maximum efficacy. However, your pet is likely to experience fewer illnesses while lessening their chances of developing serious diseases, many of which can be passed along to other animals and even family members. Here is what all pet owners need to know about common pet vaccines and their necessity.
Vaccinations for Cats and Kittens
Even indoor cats can be exposed to an array of health problems, particularly in homes where multiple pets reside. Kittens will need to have certain vaccinations that are considered essential, and these are referred to as ‘core’ vaccines. In addition to rabies protection, felines need to be protected from conditions such as panleukopenia, rhinotrachetis, feline leukemia, and feline calcivirus.
Non-core vaccines are optional, and our veterinary team may recommend vaccinating cats against parvovirus and bordetella depending on their level of exposure to other pets. While the first round of shots will require separate visits, this is an optimal time to let our Independence vet monitor your cats growth and check them over with a comprehensive examination.
Vaccines for Dogs and Puppies
Because dogs tend to spend a good part of their lives outdoors, they tend to be exposed to a few more conditions than typical house cats are. However, they also will have a series of initial appointments to complete a series of shots with annual boosters being required for certain vaccines. Core vaccines for pups start at around 8 weeks of age. The rabies vaccine is essential, as are those which provide protection against canine flu, parvovirus, hepatitis, and distemper.
Our veterinarian at Fairview Veterinary Hospital in Independence, MO, might advise you to get non-core vaccinations such as bordotella bronchiseptica, borrelia burgdorferi, and leptospirosis. These are a good idea for outdoor dogs and those who like to travel with you. These may be required by certain providers of grooming and doggy daycare services. We offer all-in-one solutions for many of these core and non-core vaccines that reduce the number of injections your pup will receive.
We are Your Pet Vaccination Solution at Farview Veterinary Hospital
Our team is ready to exceed your expectations with affordable veterinary prevention and wellness services. Our state-of-the art facilities will have you feeling comfortable and confident from the very first visit. Here at Fairview Veterinary Hospital, we service Independence, MO, and the surrounding communities. Feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 816-257-5454 to schedule an appointment.