Your Pet’s Wellness and Vaccination Schedule

You love your pet, and you want them to lead a long, healthy life. If you want to keep your dog or cat around as long as possible, you should make their health and wellness one of your top priorities, but how often does your pet really need to go to the vet? What shots do they need and when? Here’s what you need to know.

The First Year of Life

During the first year of your pet’s life, they should be seen by the vet about once a month. The vet will be able to use these frequent visits to track your pet’s growth and progress and address any concerns quickly as they arise.

In addition, your pet needs more vaccinations in their first year.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule:

  • At 6 to 8 weeks: DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Para-influenza, and Parvo), Kennel Cough
  • At 9 to 12 weeks: DAPP, Kennel Cough
  • At 12 to 16 weeks: DAPP, Rabies
  • At 1 year: DAPP, Rabies

Kitten Vaccination Schedule:

  • At 8 to 9 weeks: Feline Leukemia, Distemper, Feline Herpes, Calcivirus
  • At 11 to 12 weeks: Feline Leukemia, Distemper, and Herpes
  • At 15 to 16 weeks: Distemper, Herpes, and Rabies
  • At one year: Rabies

Keeping Up Your Pet’s Health for a Lifetime

Just because the initial shots are over and your kitten or puppy made it through their first year doesn’t mean your pet doesn’t need a vet. You should get your pet annual wellness checkups just like you do for yourself and your children. 

Your pet should see a vet every year for preventative medicine and dental care. Depending on the vaccination, some shots need to be repeated annually and others only every three years. Your vet will know what shots and treatments your pet needs. To combat fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites, regular visits and prescriptions are necessary.

If you are ready to make a plan for your pet’s wellness, contact us today to schedule.