First Things First: Pet Vaccinations
It’s important to vaccinate a new puppy or kitten within their first few months of life. Ideally, the first set of boosters should be given to your pet at 6 to 8 weeks of age. Essential vaccines every pet should get help protect them from dangerous and deadly diseases, some of which can be contracted to humans. As a puppy or kitten gets older, they receive less antibodies from their mother’s milk that help give them protection. Even though your cute, furry baby is getting stronger and bigger after a couple of months, their bodies are still not strong enough to battle many potential infections. Pet vaccinations provide the safeguard they need to live a long and healthy life.
Your pet is defended from many highly contagious diseases when you get them vaccinated. We believe in early intervention and prevention at Miller Place Animal Hospital and we recommend the first round of vaccines be administered during the first few months of your pet’s life. We follow the first set of vaccines up with a series given every 3 to 4 weeks and the last booster can then be given by the time your pet is four-months old. Our service to the Miller Place community is customized and personalized, and vaccines outside the core vaccines will be determined according to your pet’s lifestyles.
Core vaccines every dog should receive include:
- Distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus (DHPP) is given at once and defends against four diseases.
- Rabies is required by New York State for all outdoor and indoor dogs, cats, and ferrets.
Core vaccines every cat should receive include:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP) is given at once and defends against three deadly cat diseases.
- Rabies is required by law.
Watching Your Pet Afterwards
Just like human vaccinations, animals can have minor side effects from pet vaccinations. You can typically be worry-free when you get your pet vaccinated and the benefits outweigh the risks immensely, but some things you might notice include:
- Your pet may have swelling at the vaccination site.
- They may experience a mild fever.
- You might notice they have less of an appetite.
We pride ourselves on caring for your pet like our own and we encourage you to communicate any questions or concerns with us. Feel free to stay at our accredited American Animal Hospital Association facility for up to 60 minutes after your pet receives vaccinations.