Vaccinations Protect Your Pet
Protecting your pet against infectious diseases is an important part of keeping them healthy throughout their lives. Immunizations (vaccines) are a key part of infectious disease prevention. At River City Veterinary Care, we tailor each pet’s vaccination program depending on their lifestyle and risk factors. Core vaccinations are considered important for all dogs and cats as the diseases they protect against are widespread.
For dogs, these include:
- DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza)
For cats, these include:
- FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia)
At River City Veterinary care, Core Vaccines are included in all of our Essential Care Plans.
The city of San Antonio requires that all dogs and cats receive Rabies immunizations by 16 months of age. Rabies is a zoonotic disease (transmissible to humans) and can have very serious health consequences including death, in both animals and humans.
Importance of Vaccinations for Puppies & Kittens
Puppies and kittens are born with minimal innate immunity, and their immunity to infectious diseases is dependent on antibodies they acquire through nursing, otherwise known as maternal immunity. Maternal antibodies wane by 16 weeks of age, therefore, it is important for puppies and kittens to have a series of immunizations between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age, to booster their own natural immunity.
Annual Vaccinations for Adult Dogs & Cats
Adult dogs and cats have more robust immune systems but still, should have annual vaccinations dependent on lifestyle and risk factors for different infectious diseases.
Elective immunizations, such as Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Canine Influenza, Lyme vaccine, and Feline Leukemia vaccine, may be recommended depending on your dog or cat’s exposure risk. These vaccinations can be added to any Essential Care Plan. Elective vaccines offered for dogs and cats are as follows:
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – dogs: indicated for dogs that come in contact with other dogs frequently such as at dog parks, boarding, grooming, agility, and dog daycare
- Canine Influenza – there are 2 strains of influenza; dogs that have risk factors as for Bordetella should receive Influenza vaccinations
- Lyme – if you travel with your dog to areas where Lyme disease is endemic, we would advise that your dog receives a series of Lyme vaccinations followed by annual booster
- Feline Leukemia – cats; indicated for cats that spend time outdoors