AT WHAT AGE CAN PUPPIES AND KITTENS BE VACCINATED?
As long as the mother is immune, the pet health, especially that of kittens and puppies will not be an issue as they will be protected against diseases for the first few weeks of their life. This is because of the immunity carried in the first milk of the mother. However, this immunity will fade away quickly and leave the cute little pets susceptible to infectious diseases unless they are given pet vaccination.
HOW OFTEN ARE VACCINES NEEDED?
The vaccines are given in a series of shots 2-3 weeks apart so that the body can make a decent amount of antibodies against diseases. The vaccines given to kittens and puppies for protecting them against common diseases are called ‘core vaccines’. The kitten and puppy visits to get vaccinations are also an opportunity for the vet to examine if your pet is facing any serious medical issues and to discuss training, diet, and other topics.
Puppies and kittens should begin their vaccine series around 6-8 weeks of age and get around 2-3 boosters until they reach 16 years of age. By this time, their maternal antibodies would have gone from their systems. Also, the first rabies vaccine should be given at around 14-16 years of age.
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