Why Do Pets Need To Be Vaccinated?
The most effective way to prevent harmful diseases from threatening your pet's health is to vaccinate them regularly. Pet vaccinations function much the same as human vaccinations. Once injected, the vaccine prompts the body’s immune system to produce disease-fighting antibodies. Most vaccines will provide your pet with the necessary immunity to deter viruses for about 12 months, while others can offer immunity for up to three years.
At Companion Animal Hospital of Skokie, vaccinations are extremely important, but we also want to steer clear of over-vaccinating our patients. Therefore, we adhere to AAHA's strict vaccination guidelines to keep pets safe. This means we customize each patient’s vaccinations based on age, breed, travel frequency, exposure risks and other lifestyle factors.
Pet Vaccinations We Offer
Our hospital carries all the necessary core and non-core vaccines to keep cats and dogs protected. These include:
- Distemper (DHPP)
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Canine influenza (H3N2 & H3N8 strains)
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
When to Start Vaccinating
If you’re bringing home a new puppy or kitten, we should begin their vaccinations when they’re about eight weeks of age. First, your pet will receive their initial Distemper booster. This booster will need to be repeated every three weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age. In addition, we will recommend the rabies vaccination at this time. Both the rabies and Distemper vaccines can be given annually thereafter.
Your pet's health history, environment and lifestyle will help us choose the appropriate vaccine schedule. If their circumstances change, we can offer recommendations for protecting your pet against viruses they may not have encountered before.
Whether your pet is overdue for their vaccinations or is just starting out, we can put together a plan that best suits their needs. Give us a call at (847) 966-3080 to set up an appointment so we can get started!