Monday, September 22, 2008

Puppy inoculations

We all surely know that our pets, especially as kittens and as puppies, need inoculations. But just what do they need and how often do they need them? Puppies and kittens generally require the same shots and the first shots should be administered at around the ages of 6 to 8 weeks. Inoculations are designed to protect your puppies and kittens form infectious and dangerous diseases and viruses. The vaccines that are given as shots to your puppies and kittens work to develop antibodies in your pet’s immune system that can protect your pets from a wide range of viruses form rabies to measles, cat flu, hepatitis and other diseases. After their first shots puppies and kittens will need booster shots for certain inoculations such as measles, and depending on where you live and on what type of animal you have you puppies or kittens may need extra shots in the future as well.

It is also greatly advised to keep puppies and kittens away from other animals for up to 5 days after their inoculations as they are more susceptible to bugs and infections right after the shots. The best way to find out about the inoculations that are needed for your puppies or kittens is to visit your vet soon after you adopt your new pet and keep a book in which your vet can write up what your pet has already been inoculated against.