Vaccination programs are critical in protecting your pet against disease and infection. Puppies and kittens are born with immature immune systems; which makes them highly at risk for becoming sick. The milk that they receive from their mothers in the first few days of life, called colostrum, contains antibodies that help protect them from becoming ill. This maternal immunity begins to decrease by 6-8 weeks of age, which is why we start vaccinations at this time. Puppies and kittens require 3 vaccinations each 3-4 weeks apart to ensure that they are completely protected against target diseases. Adults require booster vaccines every 1-3 years, depending on the vaccine.
Vaccines for kittens and cats:
Rhinotracheitis: causes sneezing, nasal and eye discharge, and is easily transmitted between cats
Calicivirus: a highly contagious upper respiratory tract infection that leads to fever, blisters/ulcers on the tongue and pneumonia Leukemia: causes destruction of the immune system and cancerous growths; often transferred through grooming and bite wounds Distemper: a highly contagious, often fatal virus causing diarrhea, vomiting and weakness
Rabies: an incurable, fatal virus of most mammals, including humans, transferred in saliva and bite wounds. This vaccine is LEGALLY REQUIRED to travel out of the country.