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A Complete Guide to Pet Vaccinations

A Complete Guide to Pet Vaccinations

Pets are like children; it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. And as we celebrate National Immunization Month, there’s no better time to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. We would love to partner with you in helping you with every step of the vaccination process for your pet to live a long, happy, and healthy life.

Why is it Important to Vaccinate your Pet?

Often, there is no complete cure for life threatening diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and cat “flu”, thus vaccination is the only proven method of protecting against specific diseases your pet might be at risk of contracting. Vaccines work by introducing modified infectious organisms into your pet’s bloodstream which stimulates the immune system and prepares the body to fight off disease, without actually making them sick .Here in the UAE, it is mandatory to have your pets vaccinated especially against rabies.

Vaccines for pets are divided into two main categories: core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are essential to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Non-core vaccines may be considered optional which largely depends on your pet’s risk of exposure to a certain disease.

 

CORE
VACCINES

NON-CORE
VACCINES

DOGS

Rabies. A devastating disease that infects the brain and
is almost always fatal. Rabies is caused by the rabies virus. It is
contagious to humans and can cause pets to suddenly become violent without
warning.

Leptospirosis. An infectious disease caused by Leptospira
bacteria. Leptospirosis is contagious to humans. We strongly
recommend asking your veterinarian about this vaccine if your dog spends
a lot of time outdoors or anywhere that wildlife frequents. 

 

 

Canine distemper virus. This highly contagious viral disease affects
multiple organs. 

Parainfluenza. A contagious virus that attacks a dog’s
respiratory system.

 

 

Canine parvovirus. A contagious virus that commonly causes
gastrointestinal disease. It is often fatal for puppies and
immuno-compromised dogs, especially if they are not hospitalized. 

Bordetella. A highly contagious respiratory disease caused by
the bordetella bronchiseptica bacterium. This vaccine can also help prevent
kennel cough. If you plan to send your dog to day care or boarding, ask your
vet about the Bordetella vaccine. 

 

 

Canine adenovirus-Hepatitis. An infectious virus that causes respiratory
disease in dogs. 

 

 

** American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and Canine Vaccine Task Force

 

CORE
VACCINES

NON-CORE
VACCINES

CATS

Rabies. A devastating disease that
infects the brain and is almost always fatal. Rabies is caused by the rabies
virus. It is contagious to humans and can cause pets to suddenly become
violent without warning.  

Feline
chlamydiosis. 
An infection caused by the bacterium
chlamydophila felis that can affect a cat’s eyes and respiratory
system. 

 

 

Feline
panleukopenia. 
A viral disease caused by the feline parvovirus.
It is often fatal for kittens and immuno-compromised cats, especially if they
are not hospitalized. 

Feline
leukemia virus.  
A common and incurable infectious disease that
impairs the immune system. The decision on whether to receive the vaccine is
highly dependent on lifestyle. Please speak to your veterinarian for more
information about risk factors and the feline leukemia vaccine. 

 

 

Feline
herpesvirus-1. 
This highly infectious disease is a common cause
of upper respiratory and eye infections. 

Feline
infectious peritonitis. 
A fatal disease caused by feline
coronavirus. 

 

 

Feline
calicivirus. 
A highly contagious virus that causes respiratory
infection and oral disease. 

 

 

 

 

**AAHA and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Task Force

(Tip: Download and print our Vaccination Table Fact Sheet and keep a copy on your fridge for easy access.)

 

 

VACCINATION TABLE

 

 

DOGS

CATS

When?

Puppies start their vaccines at 8-9
weeks, and have a second booster at 12 weeks of age together with the rabies.
A single booster vaccination each year is then given.

Kittens start their vaccines at 8-9
weeks, and have a second booster at 12 weeks plus the rabies vaccine. A
single booster vaccination each year is then given.

 

 

 

Registration

In *Dubai, a municipality tag is being issued when rabies is given. Registration is done yearly and is mandatory. 

 


Lifelong Love

It will be worth it, isn’t it?  With your effort and care, your pet will lavish you with lifelong love in return. Preventing and curing disease not only keeps them healthy, but it keeps you healthy as well. The critical first year of your pet’s life is a fun and exciting time for both of you, as he grows physically, the wonderful bond between you will grow, too.

Unsure which vaccinations your pet should receive? Call one of our clinics today to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians and work with them to decide which vaccinations are right for your pet. 

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