What is a vaccine?
A vaccine is a serum containing small quantities of a dead or weakened virus that is injected by needle under your pet’s skin or administered intra-nasally in some cases. This serum stimulates your pet’s immune system and forces it to produce cells and proteins to fight off the virus.
Why vaccinate your pets?
Interaction with other pets or with wildlife, either through play, through hunting or simply by sharing a common environment, brings a risk of disease transmission to your pet. If your pet is not vaccinated, there is a good chance that you will have to treat it with medication if it gets sick, because its immune system won’t be able to fight the disease very well on its own. A preventive vaccine is much cheaper in the long run!
Puppies and kittens are immunized against certain diseases as they drink their mother's milk, which contains antibodies. However, once they are weaned, they no longer benefit from these antibodies and therefore should be vaccinated once a month, until the age of four months, to start their own antibodies. Since these antibodies disappear if they are not re-stimulated, your pet will eventually receive a booster vaccine to maintain protection against the most dangerous and most common viruses. Boosters are given either 3-5 weeks after the first vaccine or once every year or 3 years, depending on the vaccine. They are not needed for certain types of vaccines.
All pets do not need the same vaccines. It all depends on the age and lifestyle of your pet.
The basic PRC vaccine is ideal for protecting your cat against the most common viruses, which are often triggered by stress:
Generally, an outdoor cat should be vaccinated against rabies, and a cat that will come into contact with other cats, indoor or outdoor, should be immunized against AIDS and feline leukemia. According to the recommendations of one of our vets, you may wish to vaccinate your cat against:
The basic Da2PP vaccine will protect your dog against:
Vaccination against rabies is mandatory in most dog run areas, and vaccination against kennel cough is recommended if your dog frequents such places. Most training centres and pet boarding facilities require up-to-date vaccinations before receiving your pet. Talk to one of our veterinarians about dog vaccines against:
Contact Clinique Vétérinaire Jarry to make an appointment to vaccinate your pet.