Vaccinations Protect Your Pet

Many of the worst pet diseases, including parvo and rabies, can be prevented with vaccinations. It's important to take your dogs, cats, or exotic creatures to the vet for their regular wellness examinations, which should include the appropriate vaccinations. At City Vets in Pittsburgh, we also stress to pet owners the importance of getting a new puppy or kitten their core vaccinations on time.


For Your New Puppy

The following are typically considered the core vaccinations for a puppy:

  • DHPP (4-in-1 distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza) at 8 weeks
  • DHPP booster at 12 weeks
  • DHPP booster and rabies at 16 weeks

For Your New Kitten

These are the core vaccinations typically administered to a kitten at an animal hospital:

  • FVRCP vaccine (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia) at 8 weeks
  • FVRCP booster at 12 weeks
  • FVRCP booster and rabies at 16 weeks

Your veterinarian may also recommend giving the FeLV (Feline leukemia virus) vaccine starting at 12 weeks, with a booster at 16 weeks as part of the core vaccine schedule.

Non-Core Vaccines

Your veterinarian may also recommend other vaccinations, depending on your pet's specific lifestyle. For example, if you own a canine that will be attending doggie daycare or will be boarded soon, your pet will most likely need a Bordetella shot. This vaccine protects against the bacterium that causes coughing and whooping in dogs. Because this bacterium is highly infectious, most boarding, daycare, and grooming facilities require that the dogs they care for have this vaccination. The following are some of the other vaccinations that your vet may recommend for your dog:

  • Leptospirosis: Suggested for dogs who play in or drink from creeks, streams, or lakes or spend time outdoors in areas with high wildlife traffic.
  • Lyme disease: Recommended for dogs who spend time in areas where they may potentially encounter deer ticks.
  • Canine influenza: Suggested for dogs who are around other canines, including boarding, daycare, or grooming facilities.

The following are some of the vaccinations that may be suggested for your cat:

  • Bordetella: Recommended for cats that will be going to a groomer or a boarding facility.
  • Feline chlamydia: Recommended for cats that spend time outside or around other felines.

Contact City Vets for All of Your Pet Care Needs

At City Vets, we care for all types of pets, including dogs, cats, and exotic creatures, such as small mammals, birds, and reptiles. In addition to seeing pets in our animal hospital in Pittsburgh, we also offer virtual pet care for minor illnesses and conditions, such as skin issues or a mild limp. Call us today at (412) 483-1700 to set up an appointment.

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