When it comes to vaccinations always defer to your vet. Before vaccinating your puppy/ kitten or adult dog/cat your vet will do a health check in order to ensure that there are no conditions which would cause any risks.
With puppies and kittens, the period of time an animal will be unprotected against disease is dependent on the mother’s vaccination history and level of immunity as maternal antibody levels are too low to protect from natural infection, but too high for vaccination to be successful. However, the vaccination regime for puppies and kittens is strategised to accommodate this.
1𝘴𝘵 𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 6-8 weeks: 5-in-1 includes Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza.
3𝘳𝘥 𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 14-16 weeks: last 5-in-1: first or second Rabies vaccination.
A puppy requires a booster after its first Rabies vaccination.
1𝘴𝘵 𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 8 weeks: Vaccinated against Calici virus, Panleukopenia and Rhinotracheitis.
2𝘯𝘥 𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 12 weeks: Same as at 8 weeks: 1st Rabies vaccination.
3𝘳𝘥 𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 16 weeks: Rabies booster.
Distemper: a highly contagious viral disease that affects a dog’s respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.
Infectious canine hepatitis: a viral disease affecting the liver, kidneys and cells lining the blood vessels.
Parvovirus (Cat Flu): very common viral disease, deadly and usually strikes young puppies.
Parainfluenza: an infectious viral disease that can be one of the causes of “kennel cough” affecting the respiratory tract.
Rabies: a viral infection that affects the central nervous system. It results in paralysis and death. Rabies is always fatal in animals.
Calici virus and feline herpes virus (commonly known as ‘snuffles’) cause upper respiratory (nose, sinuses and windpipe) signs.
Panleukopenia virus: caused by the feline parvovirus symptoms being similar to that of canine parvovirus.
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