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Vaccinations are one of the greatest modern inventions when it comes to keeping both people and pets from getting sick. A number of dangerous, potentially fatal diseases are now preventable with a quick shot. Here at Pet Medical Center of Westerville, our veterinary staff knows that vaccinating your dog or cat is one of the most important things that you can do for them.
For both dogs and cats, there are a set of vaccines that are referred to as 'core' vaccinations. These are the vaccines recommended for every dog or cat, regardless of their lifestyle. Typically, these vaccines are given in combination, meaning that your pet needs a total of two or three shots.
For dogs, the core vaccines are typically rabies and DHPP. Sometimes referred to as DAPP, DAP, or DHP, this vaccine protects against distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis) and parvovirus. Sometimes it includes arainfluenza as well.
For cats, the core vaccines are rabies and FVRCP. FVRCP covers feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.
Depending on what diseases are common in our area at any given time, our veterinarians may recommend additional vaccinations for your pets. Other lifestyle factors are also an important consideration for deciding which vaccines your pet should receive. For example, the Bordatella vaccine is commonly given to dogs who encounter other dogs regularly, whether this is at the dog park, a boarding facility, or training classes.
There are a number of lifestyle vaccines available:
Vaccinations are given on a number of schedules, depending on the age of your pet and the vaccine in question. Puppies should receive DAPP vaccines at approximately 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, then in one year. Kittens should receive FVRCP vaccines on the same schedule.
Both puppies and kittens should receive a rabies vaccine at 12-16 weeks of age, and again a year later. Adult dogs and cats should receive yearly or every-three-year boosters, depending on the product used. Lifestyle vaccines may be delivered on a different schedule.
Here at Pet Medical Center of Westerville, our veterinary staff believes in preventative care. For both dogs and cats, vaccinations are some of the most efficient, cost-effective methods of preventative treatment. To make an appointment for your pet, call us at 614-882-7700 today.