At our clinic, we understand the importance of protecting your furry friends from illnesses and diseases. Vaccinating your pets is a relatively inexpensive yet essential way to keep them healthy and safe. Not only do vaccinations prevent many life-threatening illnesses, but they also protect against diseases that are prevalent in wildlife and can be passed on to humans.
It is important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens, as their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, but in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.
When it comes to which vaccines your pet should have, “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. These include:
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza (dogs)
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (cats)
Other non-core but highly suggested vaccinations for cats include FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia). For dogs, Bordetella and Canine Influenza shots are recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.
In Connecticut, the leptospirosis and Lyme disease vaccines are critical. Our area has plenty of ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, among other tick-borne illnesses, and “lepto” is often present in dirt and water in areas frequented by wildlife. Both conditions can be transmitted to humans, so it’s important to protect your pets from these pesky pests!
Our veterinarians at Winslow Park Animal Hospital can advise you on which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (203)226-5555.