Vaccinations: A Key to Keeping Your Pet Thriving

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Vaccines have proven to be one of the most important breakthroughs in veterinary medicine. They are necessary building blocks for young immune systems and they keep life-threatening diseases at bay. All it takes is your diligence as an owner to make sure your pet receives his or her series of relatively painless vaccinations.

At the Animal Hospital of Rocky Hill, our policy is to adhere to the recommended vaccination schedule. We do, however, recognize anomalies for age, overall health, and lifestyle. Any non-scheduled vaccinations are always handled on a case-by-case basis.

Core Vaccines

Your puppy or kitten’s vaccine schedule will commence during his or her first checkup. He or she will receive booster vaccinations every 3 weeks afterwards, up until 16 weeks of age. At that point, your pet will receive boosters once per year. The vaccinations you can expect your pet to receive are:

For Dogs

  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella

For Cats

  • Feline distemper
  • Feline leukemia
  • Rabies

It is not uncommon for your puppy or kitten to experience short-lived sluggishness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea after receiving his or her vaccinations. More serious reactions would require immediate attention from a veterinarian.

It’s also important to note that if you plan to board or travel with your pet, his or her vaccinations will need to be up to date.

For more information about vaccinations, or to make an appointment for your pet, we invite you to contact us today. A helpful member of our staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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