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Keep Your Pets Healthy With Vaccinations

Vaccines are important preventive care tools for keeping pets healthy. At Alpine Veterinary Hospital in Rockford, IL, our veterinarians, Dr. Dave Helland, Dr. Grant Sanderson, and Dr. Sara Pearson, recommend yearly wellness visits for your cat or dog, during which we can verify if your animal is up-to-date on all shots. 


Core Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Core vaccines are recommended for all animals to prevent diseases that are often fatal. For example, the rabies shot is required by law for all dogs and cats because it's deadly for both animals and humans. Most county and state health departments require vets to administer the rabies vaccine every twelve months. Puppies can get their first dose at twelve weeks. In addition to rabies, they should receive vaccines against distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus type 1 and 2.

Core Vaccines for Kittens and Cats

Like dogs, the rabies shot is required by law, and kittens can receive their first dose at eight weeks. Adult cats should get two doses, twelve months apart, with a booster every three years. Additionally, they need the feline distemper vaccine to prevent panleukopenia, which is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection. Along with distemper, cats can get the feline herpesvirus and calicivirus core shots at the same time to prevent respiratory infections. 

Other Vaccinations Our Veterinarians May Suggest

Your veterinarian may recommend vaccinating your cat or dog for specific situations that could expose them to diseases. A common example is the bordetella shot, which is required if you are boarding your dog, or taking him or her to pet daycares or parks. This particular vaccine protects dogs against Bordetella bronchiseptica, which is better known as kennel cough. Although it's not fatal to most pets, it's a contagious upper respiratory infection that can cause dogs significant distress.

If your cat goes outside or you foster felines, it's vital to have them vaccinated against the feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a potentially fatal disease that's easily transmitted between cats. Kittens can receive the first dose at eight weeks with a second one three to four weeks later. Adult felines should get two doses that are also three to four weeks apart. A booster shot is necessary every year or every other year, depending on the risk. 

Protect Your Dog or Cat from Harmful Diseases

Keep your pet healthy with preventive care. Schedule your animal’s annual exam with our licensed veterinarians at the Alpine Veterinary Hospital in Rockford, IL, today by calling 815-399-4808. Our animal hospital is dedicated to protecting pets from life-threatening diseases.

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