Vaccinating your pet ensures that they are protected from infection, allowing them to live a long, happy, and healthy life. It’s important that you keep up to date with your pet’s vaccinations and also conform with local laws that require certain vaccinations to be administered.
Pet vaccination intervals
The immunity response provided by a vaccination lasts longer than one year and if a pet is over-vaccinated, this can lead to certain conditions such as skin cancer or immune-medicated disorders.
Kittens and puppies should be vaccinated three times at 3-4 week intervals starting with the their first vaccination when they are eight weeks old. The last vaccination is typically administered between 14 and 16 weeks, and rabies vaccinations in particular are either given at the same time or between 20 and 24 weeks old.
Repeat vaccinations are necessary because the antibodies that the kitten or puppy may have gained from their mother can limit the immunity produced by the vaccinations. However, it’s essential that the kitten or puppy are immunized as quickly as possible.
For adult pets, one vaccination will provide sufficient immunity, If your pet has missed a couple of years of vaccination, then a course of vaccination is not required- one injection for each vaccination is sufficient.
Yearly health checks
Regardless of vaccinations, we always recommend yearly health checks as a minimum to ensure that your pet is in good health. Pet Health Club members receive complete health checks twice a year and essential vaccinations as part of their membership and is a cost-effective way to ensure your pet has access to everything they need throughout the year. Find out more here.