Most pet parents already know the significance of getting their pets vaccinated. Vaccines and shots are recommended to safeguard your pets against some serious and non-serious diseases and illnesses. Vaccinations and shots help to ensure that your pet stays healthy and your visit to your local veterinary hospital is limited. Many vaccines and shots are believed to improve your pet’s immunity as well. Different provinces have different laws pertaining to vaccination of pets and you may face legal implications if you do not follow the vaccination protocol of your area. Vaccines are broken down into core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are mandatory for your pet while non-core ones are usually suggested only if your dog is often outdoors and boarded and has a tendency to develop health issues due to outside exposure. In pets, some vaccinations begin from as early as six weeks old. It may be better to set up a fixed vaccination schedule with your vet to make sure that you do not miss any essential vaccines to ensure your pet stays protected. Here are some shots and treatments that you must give your pet.


The rabies shot is mandatory for canines. Irrespective of breed, all pet dogs must be vaccinated for rabies with the first dose at as early as three months, following annual boosters and a second vaccine at two years old. Rabies is fatal to dogs and is classified as a core vaccine. Rabid dogs are not only a threat for their own sake but are also a threat to other dogs and human beings. Cats are administered the rabies vaccine as a single dose as early as eight weeks. Depending on the product they may also need one more dose a year later. Just like dogs, rabies is fatal and not curable for cats.


Distemper is another core vaccine for disease caused mainly by an airborne virus. Distemper is a severe disease and among other health issues, can also result in permanent brain damage. Distemper doses are given between six and 16 weeks of age. They are usually two doses administered about three to four weeks apart. Usually, young puppies need a booster after completing their initial series of vaccinations. Following that, all dogs are administered a booster every three years or even more often.


Parvo is a contagious disease and can cause severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea in dogs. If left untreated, Parvo can be fatal too. At least three doses of Parvovirus are given to dogs between six to 16 weeks of age with two doses given three to four weeks apart. Also, most puppies are given a booster one year after completing the initial series.

Feline distemper

Administered as early as six weeks and then every three to four weeks, feline distemper is a core cat vaccine that protects your cat against feline distemper, a severely contagious disease which commonly strikes kittens and can cause death.

There are many more core vaccines and treatments that are highly recommended by Chilliwack veterinary clinics to make sure that you and your pet stay safe, protected and healthy. If you have more questions and concerns about essential shots and treatments, speak to a veterinarian from Chilliwack Animal Hospital today.

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