Some of the first questions you might have as a new pet parent are around which vaccines your fur baby needs, when and how often. We all want to make sure our dogs and cats are as healthy as possible, so it's important to follow your veterinarian's recommended schedule.
Unfortunately, there is no substitute for vaccinations, and unvaccinated animals can pose a risk to the larger community, like young kittens or puppies, or senior animals with compromised immune systems.
The importance of regular vet visits
Puppies have a number of vaccines that should be completed by six months, with a booster a year later. However, vaccination protocols will depend on your pet's specific risks, including age, health risk, and exposure to other animals. Regardless of the vaccine schedule you follow, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) recommends that you bring your dog or cat in for an annual exam as part of preventative care, and twice a year for older animals.
Keeping open communication with your veterinarian and discussing concerns are important to taking the best possible care of your fur baby. Supporting your pet's health means not just ensuring a healthy diet and lifestyle, but also being actively engaged and informed on their issues affecting their health.
The CVMA has two great articles that describes the core and non-core vaccines for dogs and cats, associated risks, and other important information:
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