Staying on top of pet vaccinations is an essential component of caring for your furry friends. The specific immunizations that they will need depend on a variety of factors, including their age, health, lifestyle, and medical history. There are a few critical vaccines that virtually all pets need, though, regardless of their circumstances.

Have Your Furry Friends Had These Crucial Pet Vaccinations?

1. Rabies
Both dogs and cats must be immunized for rabies. Puppies and kittens should first be vaccinated for rabies when they are between four and six months old. Booster shots are then required every one to three years. The precise frequency varies from state to state.

2. Bordetella
Bordetella is an upper respiratory infection that affects both dogs and cats. Because it’s incredibly contagious, many groomers, doggie daycares, and boarding kennels require proof of this pet vaccination before accepting a new client. If your dog will be socializing in any of the above settings, your vet may also recommend the influenza vaccine, because canine influenza is incredibly contagious, too.

3. Distemper
The distemper shot is actually a combination vaccine that protects against several illnesses. For dogs, it typically includes immunizations for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. For cats, on the other hand, it protects against panleukopenia, which is often called feline distemper, as well as calicivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis.

If your furry friends are overdue for pet vaccinations, turn to Wards Corner Animal Hospital. Located in Loveland, OH, our compassionate team is proud to provide quality care for pets throughout the Cincinnati area. We perform everything from basic preventive care to surgical procedures for cats, dogs, birds, and exotic animals. We also offer emergency services and house calls. To make an appointment call (513) 683-2883.