Vaccines Keep Your Pet Immune to Disease
Vaccines have played a remarkable role in keeping both humans and animals healthy. At Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital, we cannot emphasize the importance of pet vaccinations enough. Vaccines are the most effective form of protection against infectious diseases, and are continually being refined and improved to accommodate the needs of every pet. We subscribe to providing customized vaccination plans for all of our patients, because we understand that they have different lifestyles and needs.
What Vaccines Do We Provide?
Both dogs and cats should be vaccinated regularly to ensure optimal protection against diseases they might encounter in their environment. Your pet’s vaccinations could include one or more of the following:
- Bordetella (given every 6 months)
- Canine Influenza (bivalent vaccine that protects against H3N2 and H3N8 strains of the virus)
- FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis-Calicivirus-Panleukopenia)
- Feline Leukemia
*We also carry a 3-year rabies vaccine for dogs and cats. This vaccine can be given if your pet has been vaccinated for rabies in the past, and has remained on-schedule.
**Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be spread from animals to humans. Make sure to keep your pet away from standing puddles of water or ponds and lakes, where this bacteria often resides. Leptospirosis can also be spread through the urine of infected animals, such as deer and raccoons.
Knowing What Your Pet Needs
To determine which noncore vaccines your pet may need, your veterinarian will discuss your pet’s lifestyle—their habits at home, where they spend most of their time, how frequently they travel with you, if they live with or near any other animals. If they feel your pet is at an increased risk of contracting leptospirosis or kennel cough from their environment, they will recommend the lepto and Bordetella vaccines. Age and size can also be influencing factors in making recommendations.
When to Start Vaccinating
Cats and dogs should begin their distemper series at 6-8 weeks old. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to diseases and parasites, so starting early is ideal. The distemper vaccine should be given every 3 weeks until your pet is roughly 16 weeks old. Once their distemper series is complete, they will need to be revaccinated annually thereafter. Rabies is typically given when your pet is 16 weeks of age, health permitting.
Have any questions about your pet’s vaccinations? Not sure if they’re due? Reach out to us at (630) 469-7400 and we’ll be happy to help.