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.
Rabies. A devastating disease that infects the brain and
Leptospirosis. An infectious disease caused by Leptospira
Canine distemper virus. This highly contagious viral disease affects
Parainfluenza. A contagious virus that attacks a dog’s
Canine parvovirus. A contagious virus that commonly causes
Bordetella. A highly contagious respiratory disease caused by
Canine adenovirus-Hepatitis. An infectious virus that causes respiratory
** American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and Canine Vaccine Task Force
Rabies. A devastating disease that
**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.)
Puppies start their vaccines at 8-9
Kittens start their vaccines at 8-9
In *Dubai, a municipality tag is being issued when rabies is given. Registration is done yearly and is mandatory.
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.