When to Start Vaccinations
Vaccinations for your pet are recommended to help protect them from the start! Typically, your veterinarian will recommend beginning vaccinations when your pet is 6-8 weeks old and boosting them every 3-4 weeks until they are about 4 months (16 weeks) old. After this, annual vaccinations or vaccinations every 3 years will be recommended, depending on your pet’s age and lifestyle. If your pet has been exposed to a disease or is receiving a vaccination for the first time, a booster may be recommended to help stimulate strong protection. Vaccinations are important to protect the health of your pet, whether young or old.
Vaccinations are important to stimulate your pet’s immune system and create protection against common diseases. By vaccinating your pet, their body begins to build antibodies which help to recognize and fight the diseases they are vaccinated against, helping prevent or reduce common sicknesses. Vaccines are administered as an injection under the skin. Some vaccinations may be given intranasally or orally. Vaccinations protect against diseases that can be devastating, contagious to humans, or even fatal to your pet. It is important to discuss vaccination with your veterinarian and protect your pet against diseases to help them live long, healthy lives.
Vaccine reactions in pets are uncommon, but can sometimes occur. The most common symptoms after vaccination that some pets may experience are lethargy, soreness, swelling at the injection site, mild cough or sniffles, or fever. Rarely, more severe reactions such as swelling of the face, trouble breathing, hives, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, or collapse may occur. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian immediately. If your pet has had a mild or severe reaction in the past, please discuss this with your veterinarian to come up with a treatment plan that will help you and your pet stay protected and safe.