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If you want to keep your animals healthy, pet vaccinations are a must.
Not only do vaccinations help to keep your furry friend from catching a disease, they may also ensure that the risk of an outbreak of a particular disease is kept to a minimum.
But how often is it recommended that you should be getting your pets vaccinated and what exactly are you vaccinating them against? We delve deeper into the world of pet vaccinations…
Plan pet vaccinations for kittens and puppies
In order to protect your pets from potentially life-threatening diseases, it is advised that they are vaccinated at a young age.
Kittens should not be allowed to go outside until they are vaccinated and neutered. This is to ensure that they do not pick up anything nasty before they have had their vaccinations.
Vaccinate kittens at 9 weeks and 3 months
Kittens should head to the vets for their first injections when they are nine weeks old. This is the first of two sets of vaccinations that they will need when they are youngsters.
When they reach three months old, it is time to head back to the vets again for the second set of injections.
Vaccinate puppies at the right time
As with kittens, puppies need to visit the vets twice for two different sets of vaccinations.
Normally, the first injection appointment should take place when they are between eight and ten weeks old. However, according to the RSPCA, vaccinations can be given when they are as young as four weeks old.
The second set can then be done between two and four weeks later.
Know the vaccinations that your kitten requires
Normally, cats are vaccinated against feline leukaemia virus, feline infectious enteritis and cat flu. However, your vet will be able to tell you exactly what your kitten will need.
Puppies need to vaccinated against various different diseases
The list of vaccinations that puppies may need is a little longer than that of kittens. Puppies are normally vaccinated against various diseases, including canine parvovirus, kennel cough and parainfluenza.
Again, talk to your vet about what your puppy will need.
Remember booster vaccinations
After the initial set of vaccinations, cats will normally need boosters every twelve months.
The timescale for doggy booster vaccinations can vary. Your vet should be able to explain how often boosters will need to take place.
Rabbits need pet vaccinations, too!
Rabbits need to be vaccinated in order to protect them from diseases such as myxomatosis. Again, it is advised that rabbits have regular boosters.
Talk to your vet if you are concerned about vaccinations
As with vaccinations for humans, there has been concern about giving vaccinations to animals. The need for regular boosters (every year in some cases) has come under the spotlight in recent years, as some believe that it may not be necessary.
However, not vaccinating your pet at all could put them at risk of disease.
With the internet often providing so much conflicting advice, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. If you are concerned, speak to your vet.
Consider paying for your pet vaccinations through a pet health package
Unfortunately, pet vaccinations can be costly.
However, as the RSPCA points out on its website, the cost of vaccinating your pet usually amounts to far less than any treatment that will be required if they catch one of the diseases that the vaccines help to prevent.
If you cannot afford to pay for your pet vaccinations in one go, there are some vets that offer pet health packages.
Pet health packages can help to spread the cost of vaccinations. Normally, you would pay a set amount per month. Included in this cost could be anything from your pet’s annual booster vaccinations to flea and worm treatments and check-ups with a nurse.
Packages vary across different vets, so check what is available in your area.
Plan your pet’s vaccinations
Vaccinations can help to prevent your pets from catching some pretty nasty diseases.
Whenever you get a new furry family member, it may be a good idea to book an appointment with your local vet to ensure that all is well. This is also a good opportunity to ask about the vaccinations that your pet is going to require and get these booked in ahead of time.
Planning ahead can also give you more time to budget for this expense. If you know the vaccinations are coming up, you can put money aside for them beforehand. Alternatively, you could consider a pet health package to help you spread the cost.