At West Ridge Animal Health Center, we believe core vaccinations are one of the primary ways in which cats and dogs can be protected from contracting devastating diseases. We work closely with pet owners to assess the lifestyle and risk factors of each pet so that we can customize a vaccination program that is most appropriate for them. Immunizing your pet is the first line of defense against infectious diseases, and helps ensure they live a long, healthy life.
Essential (Core) Vaccinations
*It’s important to understand that the city of Topeka, KS requires that cats and dogs be immunized against rabies before they can be licensed. This disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to humans and is an extremely dangerous disease to both animals and humans alike. It can cause serious health issues, and in some cases, even death.
When to Vaccinate Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens acquire disease immunity from birth till about 16 weeks, due to the maternal antibodies they receive from their mother through nursing. However, antibodies gradually decrease during this time. Consequently, vaccinations to boost their natural immunity should be scheduled somewhere between 8 and 16 weeks of age.
When to Vaccinate Adult Dogs and Cats
Certain annual vaccinations might be recommended by your veterinarian for adult dogs and cats, depending on the likelihood of their lifestyle exposing them to infectious diseases. These elective vaccines might include immunization against the following diseases: