Pet Vaccinations are the Best Form of Disease Prevention
Dogs and cats need all the protection they can get against diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and more. Disease can travel very quickly from pet to pet, and some diseases can even be passed on to humans! Therefore, consider pet vaccinations as both protection for your best friend, and protection for you and the rest of your family. At Chicago Drive Veterinary Clinic, we want to get to know your pet and understand their lifestyle so we can create a vaccination plan just for them.
Have questions about vaccinating your pet? Need to get them up-to-date?
Will My Pet Have Any Side Effects?
Pet vaccines are continually improving to be safer and more effective. While side-effects can happen, they are typically minor and temporary. These can include drowsiness for 24-48 hours and stiffness and soreness at the injection site. Rare side-effects, such as facial swelling, vomiting/diarrhea, pale gums, and collapse warrant a call to our clinic.
Vaccines We Offer for Dogs and Cats
We recommend vaccines for every pet’s protection, whether they spend most of their time outside or inside. Viruses and parasites can still enter the home or be carried in on your clothes, hands, shoes, or by another animal. We offer both core vaccines, which are essential for every pet, and non-core vaccines, which we recommend based on lifestyle and the likelihood of risk.
- Rabies - core
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) - core
- Canine influenza
- Rabies - core
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) - core
- FeLV (feline leukemia)
When Does My Pet Need to Start Getting Vaccinated?
We should start seeing your pet at 6-8 weeks old for their initial vaccinations. First, your pet needs to complete their distemper series (DHPP for dogs, FVRCP for cats), which involves getting a booster shot every 3-4 weeks until they are 16-18 weeks old. Rabies should be given at 16 weeks, and any additional lifestyle vaccines will be discussed and given between your pet's first visit and their visit at 16-18 weeks.
To find out more about which vaccines your pet will need and when, please contact us at (616) 669-0501.