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Pet Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations with your Baltimore Veterinarian

kitten getting vaccinations from a veterinarianVaccinations are a method of preventative healthcare for your pet. A vaccination works by introducing a weakened or dead form of a virus, bacteria, or toxin into the body to create an immune response without making your pet ill. If your pet is then exposed to the disease in the future, there is a very good chance that they will not get sick. Vaccinations are very effective at preventing many deadly diseases, including some that can spread to humans.

Dog Vaccinations

There are two main, or "core" dog vaccinations:

  • DAPP
  • Rabies

These are recommended or required for all dogs. DAPP protects against four different diseases: distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and parainfluenza. It is sometimes combined with a vaccine for leptospirosis, or given as a DAP shot which does not include parainfluenza.

Other dog vaccinations may be appropriate for your pet depending on their lifestyle and what diseases are common in the area at the time. They include Bordatella, canine influenza, leptospirosis, and more. Dogs that spend a lot of time around other dogs, such as going to dog parks, playgroups, daycare, or boarding, should most likely be vaccinated against Bordatella.

Cat Vaccinations

There are also two core cat vaccinations:

  • Rabies

All cats should be up to date on these vaccinations. FVRCP is a combination vaccine that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Panleukopenia is sometimes referred to as feline distemper, although it is actually more closely related to canine parvovirus.

Additional cat vaccinations that may be recommended depending on your cat's lifestyle include FeLV (feline leukemia), Bordatella, and FIV. Many cats that go outdoors should be vaccinated against FeLV, which is spread through contact with infected cats and causes immune dysfunction similar to that caused by HIV in humans. Our veterinarians can advise you about the best choices for your cat.

Timing of Vaccinations

Some vaccinations require a series of shots in the beginning, and most require boosters later on. Completing the shot series ensures that your pet has the best possible chance of becoming immune, so it is very important to get these on time. Puppies and kittens are usually vaccinated every two to four weeks starting at six to eight weeks of age until they are sixteen to eighteen weeks old.

The rabies vaccine is given one time between three and four months old. In Maryland, both dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated against rabies before they are four months old and then kept up to date on their boosters. Boosters are given for most vaccines, including the rabies vaccine, every one or three years.

Preventative Healthcare at The Village Vet with Our Baltimore Veterinarian

The Village Vet in Baltimore offers all of the core vaccinations and some additional shots that are recommended for certain pets. We believe in preventative healthcare, which can help keep your pet healthy, avoid the spread of dangerous diseases through the community, and reduce the need for veterinary visits.

Make an appointment to come talk to us about which vaccinations your Baltimore pet needs at 410-367-8111.