Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but essential way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important that rabies and other vaccinations be given when pets are young because their immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.
There are other “core” vaccinations highly recommended for pets based on species, as well as optional shots that can be given to protect your pet based on age, overall health, lifestyle, and risk. Your Mission Valley veterinarian can advise which vaccinations are right for your pet, depending on those factors.
While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, 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.
Vaccinations at Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic
We offer all of the core vaccines for dogs and cats. These are the vaccines that every pet should have, regardless of their lifestyle:
- Dogs: DAPP (also known as DAP, DA2P, DHPP)
- Cats: FVRCP
- Dogs and cats: Rabies
Cat and dog vaccinations are a life-long requirement. Puppies and kittens start with a series of shots, but adult cats and dogs need boosters in order to stay protected:
- Ages 8-16 weeks: Vaccinate every 3-4 weeks with the core vaccine.
- Age 12-16 weeks: Vaccinate once against rabies.
- One year from the last vaccination: Booster, both the core and rabies vaccine.
- Every 1-3 years afterward: Administer booster shots.
- Any age: Vaccinate with lifestyle vaccines at intervals recommended by your veterinarian.