Vaccinations for Dogs and CatsWritten by Cityvet Donal Ryan on Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Vaccinations are very important to prevent several serious diseases in puppies and dogs. They are given by a veterinary surgeon, following an examination to ensure the pet is fit for vaccination.
Puppies may be vaccinated at as early as 6 weeks of age, but any vaccination done before 10 weeks must be repeated at 10 weeks or older. A second vaccination is required 2 to 3 weeks later. Booster vaccination every year is also important to ensure continual protection. This is especially important in dogs over 7 years of age as their aging immune system is less well able to protect them from disease.
All kittens and cats should be fully vaccinated. This can begin from as early as 9 weeks old, with a second innoculation given 2 to 3 weeks later. The vaccinations are against Feline Leukaemia, Feline Parvovirus and Cat 'flu'. Feline Leukaemia virus causes an AIDS-like disease as well as cancers, anaemias and reproductive diseases. This is a very common, devastating disease and is the second biggest killer of cats after accidents. Feline parvovirus, also called feline enteritis, is a viral infection causing acute illness or sudden death in cats and especially kittens
I am Donal Ryan, a veterinary surgeon. For as long as I can remember I have loved animals. I grew up in the countryside surrounded by farm animals, but it was the dogs at home I enjoyed most + I still really enjoy caring for pets everyday at Cityvet.ie.
Donal Ryan is the principal veterinary surgeon at CityVet. He has over 25 years experience caring for and treating small animal patients in California, the U.K. and Ireland. He has a keen interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery and runs a referral service for many veterinary surgeons in the region. Animal welfare and a high standard of patient care are at the core of Donal's approach to treating his patients.
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