August is Immunization Awareness Month and a good reminder to keep your pet’s vaccines up to date. Kittens and puppies are most susceptible to illnesses and need help building their immune systems. Administering a proper schedule of vaccinations during their young age is important. Visit a vet early. Some vaccines can be given at just six weeks old.
How often do I need vaccinations?
Visits to your pet’s veterinarian will keep young pets on track for full immunizations and adult pets current with ongoing booster shots. (Booster shots are necessary to maintain the effectiveness of some immunizations.) Each vaccine shot has a unique follow-up plan. Some require yearly follow-ups. Others occur over different time frames. Regular visits to your pet’s vet can help you track this. Your vet will usually keep a log of vaccinations to date and will give you reminders for the next set of follow-up vaccinations.
Your vet will suggest core vaccinations—those needed for all pets. He or she may also recommend non-core shots that may be needed based on the lifestyle of your pet.
Lost your pet’s shot record?
Have you moved or lost your pet’s vaccination records? Good news! Some veterinarian clinics are equipped with the ability to administer a titer test. The titer test will reveal information on how much of the last vaccine is still in your pet’s system. From this information, you and your vet can deduce what vaccines your pet is due for.
Check WebMD for helpful vaccination schedules for cats and dogs.