As a pet owner, it is important to ensure that your furry friend is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Depending on your pet’s type, the frequency of vaccinations may vary. When young, most puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated every few weeks until they reach a certain age. After that, they will typically just need booster shots once a year. Our veterinarians at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg can help ensure that your pet is on the right vaccination schedule.
The frequency of vaccinations will depend on the type of pet you have as well as its age. Below is how often you should take your pets to the vet to be vaccinated, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
All dogs should receive a booster shot of most vaccinations once a year. Some, like the rabies vaccine, may be given every three years in some cases. Your vet can advise you on what is best for your dog based on its needs. The only exception to this rule is the rabies vaccine. Dogs should receive a booster shot of the rabies vaccine every one to three years, depending on their age and the laws in your state.
Like dogs, all cats should receive a booster shot of most vaccinations yearly. Kittens are at a higher risk of contracting diseases and must be vaccinated every few weeks until they are four months old. From there, they will just need annual booster shots. Rabies also poses a threat to cats and they should receive a booster shot of the rabies vaccine every one to three years.
If your pet is due for its vaccinations or you have questions about its vaccine schedule, our veterinarians at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg are here to help. We offer a wide range of pet care services which includes vaccinations. Call our team today at (540) 373-6100 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.