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Pet vaccinations are a very important aspect of wellness and preventative care here at Southglen Veterinary Hospital. By helping pets develop immunity to several highly contagious (but preventable) diseases, they prevent the suffering and death of thousands of pets every year. Usually, domestic animals that have been vaccinated are safe from disease. Aside from rabies, several other core and non-core vaccinations may be recommended for your pet by our Winnipeg animal hospital team.
When you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your family, be sure to call our veterinarian for an initial wellness checkup. During this checkup, we will give your new pet a complete exam and start him/her on a beginning course of essential core pet vaccinations. Because kittens’ and puppies’ immune systems are not fully developed yet, they need to start on these vaccinations at our animal hospital by six to eight weeks of age and continue the series every three to four weeks until age 16 weeks.
With pet vaccinations, a small amount of serum is injected under the skin that contains killed or inactive components of certain viruses and bacteria. That stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that will protect your pet from a set of very contagious and dangerous diseases. These initial vaccinations are considered “core” or essential vaccinations, but there is a number of other vaccinations that can be given based on your pet's lifestyle.
It is important, during appointments with our veterinarian, to discuss your pet’s health conditions and lifestyle to determine whether or not your pet may benefit from any of these extra vaccinations. If you often travel with your pet, visit dog parks or certain outdoor areas together, or you need to schedule your pet for boarding, other vaccinations may be a good idea, or even necessary.
Core shots for puppies include parvo, parainfluenza, distemper, hepatitis, and rabies. Depending on your dog’s lifestyle, our veterinarian may also recommend shots against bordetella or lyme disease. As for cats, their core shots include feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and feline distemper, and rabies. If your cat goes outdoors, we recommend also vaccinating against feline leukemia virus. Again, the need for any non-core vaccinations should be discussed during any regular checkups at our animal hospital. We like to make sure your pet is not over-vaccinated or under-vaccinated. You can call us anytime to check your pet’s vaccination status or discuss any questions you have about extra shots for travel or boarding.
Keeping your pet’s vaccination schedule up-to-date is critical for his or her good health—and can even help protect your human family members as well. Call Southglen Veterinary Hospital at (204) 452-0077 to schedule an appointment or to ask us any questions!