When a kitten or a pup is still suckling they will have protection from the antibodies in their Mom’s milk. Antibodies start to wear off after weaning. This leaves the furbaby at risk of contracting viruses. Vaccinations generally start between 6-8 weeks of age depending on when suckling stops.
Breeders need to provide all the relevant details to pass on to your vet. The information helps to set up a vaccination schedule. Shelters and animal rescue organisations are not always able to give you the full history of an animal. In these cases, your vet can advise on the best course of action. Complete physical exams are carried out before every vaccination. After the vet is happy that your bundle of furry joy is healthy they will administer the necessary vaccinations.
For details on the schedules for vaccination please see our detailed dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations pages.
Vaccinations are used to promote the development of antibodies against diseases. The polio virus was a serious problem for humans, before the vaccination was created. Thanks to the antibodies created due to the vaccines, polio has been eradicated in most parts of the world. Dogs and cats have their own deadly diseases we need to prepare their bodies to fight.
Scientifically modified versions of a virus is introduced into the system of your pet. It triggers the immune system to create the proteins known as antibodies. These proteins protect your animal from certain viruses.