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Why It Is Important to Get Your Pet Vaccinated

Why It Is Important to Get Your Pet Vaccinated

Taking care of a pet is similar to raising a baby. Along with keeping him happy, you have to be mindful of his health and ensure he doesn’t miss out on vaccinations. New pet parents may wonder about the right time to get their furry friend vaccinated. Maintaining your pet’s health and improving his lifespan depends partly on getting him vaccinated on time. Vaccination helps prevent life-threatening diseases by building your pet’s immune system.

As a pet parent, you are responsible for all your pet’s needs. It is important to get your pet vaccinated at the right age. The first step is to get your puppy or kitten examined by a veterinarian. After the checkup, the veterinarian will recommend the required vaccinations. It is advisable to get all puppy vaccinations done every two to three weeks between the ages of six to sixteen weeks.

The first and most important immunity booster for your little pet is mother’s milk. In case your adopted pup or kitten is separated from her mother very early on, do vaccinate your pet sooner than recommended, usually within the first month.

Vaccinations are essential in boosting your pet's immune system until your pet’s body can develop its own long-term defense mechanisms. Therefore, it becomes crucial to complete the entire vaccination cycle before your pet turns age one.

What type of vaccines does your pet require?

Cats and dogs require different kinds of vaccines. Between six and eight weeks of age, dogs should be administered with the Parvo Distemper vaccine (also known as the DHPPi vaccine) to prevent distemper, measles, and parainfluenza (viral respiratory disease). Two weeks later, the DHPPiL I Booster Dose vaccine is given for protection from parvovirosis, infections, and hepatitis. Cats are highly vulnerable to Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV), a condition which can lead to feline distemper anemia and other bacterial and viral infections. Timely vaccinations are the best way to avoid such conditions and keep your cat healthy. Both cats as well as dogs need to be administered the rabies vaccination at the age of 12 weeks to 24 weeks.

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies

Age Vaccination
6 Weeks DHPPiL
9 Weeks DHPPiL I Booster Dose
12 Weeks DHPPiL II Booster Dose
15 Weeks Rabies Booster Dose + Kennel Cough

Vaccination Schedule for Kittens

Age Vaccination
6 Weeks FVR, FCV, FPV
9 Weeks FVR, FCV, FPV I Booster Dose
12 Weeks FVR, FCV, FPV II Booster with Rabies
15 Weeks Rabies Booster Dose

Pay special attention to your pet’s health during the first year. All the effort and care you put in to looking after your pet will be rewarded with lifelong and unconditional love. With time, the beautiful bond between you and your pet pal will only get stronger, bringing tremendous happiness to you both!