There are many things that pet owners can do to keep their pet healthy. Ensuring that they are eating the right foods, getting enough exercise and social time; these are easy to remember. But, making sure that Fido and Fluffy are protected against the illnesses that can have serious affects on their quality of life is also an important step.

There are a couple of different classifications of vaccinations for pets. We are focusing on core vaccinations, the ones that veterinary professionals suggest nearly every dog or cat receive. It is important to know that not every vaccination is appropriate for every dog or cat and we urge pet owners to discuss vaccinations with their veterinarian.

Vaccinations can be a big deal for both pet owners and for pets. At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we want your pet to be healthy and happy for as long as possible, just like you do.

Core Vaccinations for Dogs

Canine Parvovirus: The  American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that dogs are vaccinated for this one by 16 weeks of age.  Parvovirus causes lethargy, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, among other symptoms. It can be deadly within 72 hours.

Rabies:This illness is well known and is one that can affect dogs, cats and humans too. It is usually transmitted through a bite or scratch when infected saliva is transferred to another animal. The Centers for Disease Control says that dogs can be vaccinated for this one as early as three months of age.

Distemper: This illness affects the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, and the central nervous system. Signs include coughing, mucous discharge from the face, vomiting and depression. Like rabies, distemper is spread through saliva. Vaccination for distemper starts at 6-8 weeks of age.

Core Vaccinations for Cats

Feline Calcivirus/Feline Panleuk Virus/Feline Herpes Virus 1: This combination vaccine tackles a variety of common infectious diseases that can affect cats. These viruses can cause symptoms like gingivitis, eye issues, and skin issues.

Rabies: Like dogs and people, cats can be affected by rabies. The IC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recommends a single vaccination between 12 and 16 weeks of age, with regular boosters.

Feline Leukemia Virus: This vaccination is recommended for kittens as well as adult cats that go outside and those that could come into contact with potentially-unvaccinated cats.

The vaccinations mentioned in this blog post are common, but may not always be appropriate for every pet. We urge pet owners to speak with their veterinarian to make sure that their pet is fully protected.

At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we understand your desire to make sure your pet is active and happy. Whether we’re taking your dog out for a mid-day walk, or coming in to ensure that your cat has adequate food, water and a clean litter box, we want to ensure your furry friend is comfortable and happy.