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Why Keeping Your Pet Vaccinated is Like a Superhero Shield!

Shield your fur babies.

Protect Your Pet from Nasty Diseases with Pet Vaccinations at Sugarland Animal Hospital!

Keeping your furry friend healthy and happy is every pet owner’s top priority. Just like superheroes need a shield to protect them from villains, vaccinations act as a shield for your pet, safeguarding them from nasty diseases.

What Are Pet Vaccinations and Why Are They Important?

Vaccinations are like tiny training exercises for your pet’s immune system. They introduce a weakened or inactive form of a disease, helping their body learn how to fight it off. This way, if your pet encounters a real disease in the future, their body is already prepared to battle it and stay healthy!

Schedule Your Pet’s Vaccination Appointment at Sugarland Animal Hospital Today!

We recommend scheduling your pet’s first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks old, with booster shots at 10-12 weeks and 16 weeks.  Our experienced veterinarians can answer all your questions about pet vaccinations and ensure your pet receives the best possible care.

Which Vaccines Do Dogs Need?

Here at Sugarland Animal Hospital, we recommend the C5 vaccine for all dogs. This vaccine protects against five dangerous diseases:

  • Canine Distemper Virus: This highly contagious and deadly virus can start with a cough and lead to serious brain problems. (Citation: [invalid URL removed])
  • Canine Parvovirus: Another very contagious and fatal virus, parvovirus causes weakness and extreme diarrhea. Treatment can be expensive and only has a 50% success rate. (Citation: [invalid URL removed])
  • Canine Adenovirus-2 (Hepatitis): This virus can be spread from mothers to puppies and can be fatal. (Citation: [invalid URL removed])
  • Canine Parainfluenza Virus: This vaccine helps prevent flu-like symptoms in your dog.
  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough): Kennel cough is a contagious cough similar to whooping cough in humans.

Which Vaccines Do Cats Need?

The vaccines recommended for cats depend on their lifestyle:

  • Indoor Cats (Single Household): For indoor cats with no contact with other cats, an “F3” vaccine is recommended.
  • Indoor Cats (Multi-Cat Household): Cats living with other indoor cats should receive an “F5” vaccine for extra protection.
  • Outdoor Cats: Cats who go outdoors need an “FIV” vaccine in addition to the F3 or F5 vaccines.

Core F3 Vaccines:

  • Feline Panleukopenia: This virus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and high fever.
  • Feline Herpesvirus: Part of the “cat flu,” this virus causes watery eyes, sneezing, and ulcers around the mouth and eyes.
  • Feline Calicivirus: Another part of the cat flu complex, this virus also causes watery eyes, sneezing, and ulcers.

Non-Core F5 Vaccines (Includes F3 Plus):

  • Feline Chlamydiosis: Part of the cat flu complex, this virus can cause watery eyes and sneezing.
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): This virus weakens the immune system and can be fatal.
  • FIV Vaccine: The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) weakens a cat’s immune system, making them more susceptible to illness. Outdoor cats should be vaccinated against FIV.

Even Indoor Pets Need Vaccinations!

You might think your indoor pet is safe from disease, but that’s not always the case! Viruses and bacteria can be brought in on shoes, clothes, or other objects. Some diseases can even survive in the environment for years, meaning your pet could come into contact with them even if they never go outside.

Why Do Puppies and Kittens Need Multiple Vaccinations?

Puppies and kittens receive antibodies (protection) from their mothers’ milk. However, these antibodies wear off between 6 and 16 weeks old. Multiple vaccinations are given during this time to ensure your pet is fully protected.

According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, puppies and kittens should receive their first vaccinations between 6-8 weeks old, with booster shots given at 10-12 weeks and 16 weeks. It’s important to note that your pet won’t be fully protected until two weeks after their final vaccination.

Why Do Adult Pets Need Booster Shots?

To maintain the best protection, adult dogs and cats who received the full puppy/kitten vaccination series need yearly booster shots. These booster shots help to ensure their immune system remains strong enough to fight off diseases they encountered earlier in life.

Keeping Your Pet Vaccinated: A Wise Investment

Vaccinations are a cost-effective way to safeguard your pet’s health and well-being. The cost of vaccinations is significantly lower than the expense of treating a serious illness. Plus, a healthy pet is a happy pet, and that’s priceless!

Schedule Your Pet’s Vaccination Appointment at Sugarland Animal Hospital Today!

Don’t wait until your pet gets sick to take action. Protect your furry friend with the superhero shield of vaccination! Contact Sugarland Animal Hospital at 4151 3550 to schedule your pet’s vaccination appointment today.

We are committed to providing your pet with the best possible care, and that includes keeping them healthy and safe from preventable diseases.

Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:

World Small Animal Veterinary Association: https://wsava.org/global-guidelines/global-nutrition-guidelines/

American Animal Hospital Association:  https://www.aaha.org/
American Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.avma.org/

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