You take care of your dog or cat like the part of your family they are. Along with a healthy diet and plenty of attention, regular wellness exams and preventive care can help your pet live a longer and happier life. And your veterinarian at Rivers Animal Hospital provides a major component of good preventive care with pet vaccinations at our Winnipeg location.
Are you adopting a puppy or kitten from the Humane Society? Are you finally taking in that stray cat you’ve been feeding? Young or mature, your new pet needs an established schedule of vaccines for their wellness and, in some cases, your family’s health too.
Why should you get your pets vaccinated? As with human children and adults, leaving your pet exposed to preventable diseases is both unkind and short-sighted. Distemper, caused by a virus, is very contagious in dogs, cats, and some wildlife species. A painful disease, it will attack your pet’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems. Worst of all, distemper is often fatal. On a positive note, distemper is preventable with an annual vaccination that has a low incidence of side effects.
It just makes ethical sense that the low cost and small effort of having your dog or cat vaccinated is part of being a good pet owner. You are also protecting other people’s pets in your neighbourhood, at the groomer, or at the dog park.
Regular vaccinations also protect your pet’s overall health and quality of life. Respiratory illnesses and forms of flu can make your pet miserable with the familiar symptoms of coughing, fatigue, no appetite, and fever. Puppies and older dogs are in danger of being sicker and developing pneumonia, just as with the flu in humans. Death is not as common as with distemper, but can weaken your pet’s immune system and recovery may take a while.
Your pet’s vaccination schedule depends on their age, environment and lifestyle. Kittens and puppies need to start their vaccinations by 6 to 8 weeks of age in a series until they are 16 weeks old. Most vaccines need a booster from every year to every 3 years. Our veterinarian will recommend a plan for your pet’s wellness exams and boosters.
Municipalities throughout Canada generally have one required vaccination for all dogs and cats since it is so dangerous to animals and humans: rabies. The remainder of available pet vaccinations at Winnipeg’s Rivers Animal Hospital are divided into 2 major categories: core and non-core. The core vaccines are given to prevent the most common and severe conditions. Non-core vaccines are more dependent on your pet’s environment, such as boarding, outdoor activities, proximity to other wildlife, and travel.
The major vaccinations available at Rivers Animal Hospital include:
Canine Core Vaccines
Canine Non-Core Vaccines
Feline Non-Core Vaccines