The Dreaded Shot

The Dreaded Shot

Let’s be honest, there are probably similar feelings when it comes to the doctor between animals and humans. While no one particularly enjoys going to the doctor it is an essential part of maintaining our overall health, and that is no different for cats or dogs. During their annual visits, cats and dogs are often given shots to keep them protected from rabies and other common diseases. While this could be a scary moment for your animal, it is important to keep them healthy and to make sure they are protected for the upcoming year. Your Vet can help you decide which shots are necessary for your pet, and how often they will need them administered.

There are a grouping of shots for both cats and dogs when they are under one year old, commonly known as their initial or booster shots. These should be administered as soon as the pet is able to handle them to prevent them from getting sick or exposing them to unsafe interactions with other animals. Both cats and dogs have around 4-5 annual vaccinations that are recommended by veterinarians to be maintained. Talking to your vet about your lifestyle and your pet could add or reduce the amounts of shots your pet may need.

In felines, there are 7-8 shots that could be recommended by your vet. Ranging from leukemia preventions to rabies vaccinations, a wide selection depends on the lifestyle and age of your cat. At the very least, keeping your cat up to date with their rabies and leukemia vaccines is essential. If you think there may be reason to not keep up with shots annually, ask your vet for a second opinion to base your decision on.

Since dogs spend a vast amount of their time outside and socializing with other dogs, most of the shots recommended are virtually required. Keep in mind that boarding or day care facilities may also require to see record of your dog’s shots, and maybe even ask them to get new ones. While this could be a bit of a frustrating scenario, dog owners should remember how much socialization is part of a dog’s life and making sure that they are protected from what other animals may carry should be a top priority. Keeping your dog up to date on vaccines could be the difference between them acquiring rabies or not!

Maintaining vaccinations for your cat or dog is another fundamental responsibility that comes along with being a pet owner. By keeping your pet’s shots up to date annually, you are ensuring that they significantly lower their chances of catching a serious disease or illness in their lifetime. Keeping your Vet in the loop when it comes to lifestyle changes can also further reduce your pet’s chances of getting sick. So remember, even though they may not love going to get their shots, your pets will love you in the long run for it!