Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Springfield, IL

Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Springfield, IL: Keeping Pets Healthy

To stop the spread of harmful diseases among pets, cat and dog vaccinations should be a part of every pet’s health routine. Some diseases, such as rabies and parvo, have a high fatality rate, and others, such as Lyme disease and leptospirosis, can be passed on to humans. Myers Animal Clinic can provide your pet with a flexible, tailored vaccine plan for maximum lifelong protection.

Need to talk to a vet about your cat or dog's vaccinations? Call (217) 525-9556 or book an appointment online!

Common Animal Diseases

Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system, including the brain. Due to its high mortality rate, rabies vaccinations are required by law. Bats, raccoons, foxes, and other wildlife can be carriers of this disease.

Distemper and Parvo

Distemper is another viral disease that can be fatal for pets. Parvo mainly affects puppies, but it can also infect adult and senior dogs. Common signs of parvo include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and weakness.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a concern here in Springfield, IL and can infect pets that come into contact with urine from an infected animal. Lepto is found in standing water and soil in rural areas and any places that wildlife frequent. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, inappetence, weakness, and increased thirst.

Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Springfield, IL and Suggested Timelines

Dog Vaccines

Rabies 1-year

Given at 16 weeks, then once every year.

Rabies 3-year

Given at 1 year, then once every 3 years.

Distemper

Given at 6 weeks, then every 4 weeks until pet is 16 weeks old. After being vaccinated at 1 year, pets receive a booster every 3 years. Older dogs receiving this vaccine for the first time get a booster in 4 weeks, then every 3 years thereafter.

Bordetella

Given at 8 weeks or older, then once a year thereafter.

Leptospirosis

Given as early as 12 weeks, again at 16 weeks, then once a year thereafter.

Lyme

Can be given at 12 weeks, again at 16 weeks, then once a year thereafter.

Influenza (H3N2/H3N8 combo)

Given as early as 12 weeks, again at 16 weeks, then once a year thereafter.

Cat Vaccines

Rabies 1-year

Given at 16 weeks, then once every year.

Rabies 3-year

Given at 1 year, then once every 3 years.

Distemper

Given at 6 weeks, then every 4 weeks until pet is 16 weeks old. Next booster given at 1 year, then every 3 years afterward. Older cats being vaccinated for the first time need a booster after 4 weeks, a booster at 1 year, and can then receive a booster every 3 years thereafter.

FeLV (Leukemia)

Given at 12 weeks and boosted at 16 weeks, then every 2 years as needed.

Our Cat and Dog Vaccination Recommendations

Each pet is different and benefits from a cat or dog vaccination plan that is tailored to their own needs. To get started on building up your pet’s protection, call (217) 525-9556 or fill out our online appointment request form today!

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