I hear this question a lot in my practice, and it's a good one: Does my senior dog or cat still need vaccinations? As with so many things in veterinary medicine, it depends. Some pet owners tend to think of parvo and distemper in dogs and feline panleukopeniacalicivirus and herpesvirus in cats as diseases that only affect puppies and kittens.
Why are dog vaccinations important? Vaccination plays a vital role in protecting your dog from major canine infectious diseases. These include viral and bacterial diseases.
Shots for Dogs — We all cringe at the thought of taking our beloved pooches to the vet for a painful shot. As an example, puppies need more vaccines than adult dogs do as their immune systems are in development to stave off potentially dangerous illnesses. This post will take a closer look at dog vaccines and answer the question, what shots do dogs need yearly?
Q: I have two elderly poodle mixes, one about 15 years old and the other about 13, both in good health. I've heard different opinions on whether dogs their age still need to get rabies and other shots. They are around other dogs once a week at a dog park.
The distemper vaccination is not a required vaccination in the United States, but it is strongly advised by veterinarians because distemper can be fatal in certain cases. A dog can contract distemper from a vaccination and this is known as vaccinial distemper; it is exceedingly rare but is possible. I spoke with my vet, and in his 32 years of practice he has never seen a dog contract distemper from a vaccination.
The HAHF is a c 3 and all contributions are tax deductible. What do all of these mean and does my pet need them? August is National Immunization Awareness Month!
The vaccinations your pet requires represent one of the most important preventive measures you can take for its long-term health. The frequency of inoculation will depend on a variety of factors: age, vaccination history, potential exposures, manufacturer's recommendation and geographic location. It is recommended that adult, indoor cats be given calicivirus, distemper and rhinotracheitis vaccines every three years and a rabies vaccination every year.
Arm yourself with accurate, credibly sourced information when having a discussion with your veterinarian about vaccine protocols. Consider using antibody titer tests to accurately detemine whether your dog needs to be re-vaccinated. Commit to taking your dog to your veterinarian for annual checkups; consider twice-annual visits for dogs seven years of age and older.
Veterinary Health Center Denison Ave. Manhattan, KS Puppies and kittens are born with immature immune systems which make them highly susceptible to contracting disease.