According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in America 36.5% of households have a dog and 30.4% have a cat. Health care for these pets is much more important than people may think. Each requires a lot to keep them healthy, happy and not chewing up shoes. So here is where to start with a new puppy or kitten.
First, focus on the pet’s physical health, which involves a wellness check with a veterinarian to confirm age, gender, and level of health. In order to keep good health a pet must get all the necessary vaccines in order to prevent deadly diseases such as the Parvovirus, which could be completely eradicated if every pet was vaccinated. The leading veterinary hospital in Thousand Oaks, Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital, which boasts a whopping 17 veterinarians on staff along with 30 veterinary technicians, recommends the following vaccine schedule.
Puppies need to receive a DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para influenza and Parvovirus) at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, 16 months, and then every 3 years. Rabies is received at 16 weeks, 16 months, and then every 3 years as well.
Kittens are a little different depending on whether they will be indoor or outdoor cats. To start with, all kittens need the FVRCP (Feline viral rhinotrachitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopania) at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, 16 months, and then every 3 years. Every kitten will need a blood test to check for FELV (Feline leukemia virus) if the kitten tests negative it will receive the FELV vaccine at 16 weeks and then annually for outdoor cats. Rabies is given to outdoor cats at 16 weeks, 16 months, and every 3 years.
These vaccines are the basic platform for pet health, however there is much more to follow to insure great health and happiness.