When to vaccinate a kitten, and when not
Vaccination is a natural preventive procedure. We vaccinate our children from birth (from rubella and hepatitis, from pertussis and poliomyelitis). Why do many people prefer to ignore this procedure with respect to pets - in fact, the same members of the family? Experts argue that it should not be about whether to vaccinate or not. The question has the right to stand alone: "When should I vaccinate a kitten or a puppy?" And nothing else! In this article, we will only talk about felines.
Unlike our children, kittens should be vaccinated only when they grow slightly and begin to switch from breastfeeding to regular food. If our babies do the first vaccine during the first day, then the animals - only after at least eight weeks. There are no clear frames here, and it's better to consult with a specialist about when to do the first vaccination of a kitten, revaccination and subsequent grafting.
Before injection, it is necessary to conduct deworming. The procedure takes at least ten days. On the making make a note in the veterinary passport. You need to get it regardless of whether you have a pedigreed animal or not. The document can be freely purchased and filled out the title pages on your own. In the future, the notes on the procedures will be made by the veterinarian, stating his signatures and stamps under the records.
The health of the mother cat affects how much kittens are vaccinated. If she is vaccinated, her children can be given more time to get stronger, and to make the first injection only 12 weeks after birth. If not, then the procedure is required much earlier, namely at 8 weeks.
When to vaccinate a kitten is not recommended? During the period of change of teeth and ongoing diseases. At this time, the body is vulnerable, and the likelihood that the animal will not cope with the vaccine is very high. It is not recommended to do injections after surgery for three weeks, as well as post-vaccination operations. At least two weeks must pass if the pet has been treated with antibiotics.
There are several more cases when it is not recommended to vaccinate a kitten. These include contact with sick or dubious animals, as well as periods after stressful situations or before them (moving, exhibitions, travel).
By and large, the vaccination time is not limited to a clear framework, especially if you do not take your pet outside the region. The recommended period is a year. That is, once a year your animal should be vaccinated against rabies and a complex drug from panleukopenia, calciviroza, rhinotracheitis. It's minimum! It is advisable to conduct the procedure in specialized clinics after a doctor's examination.
How and when to vaccinate a kitten, you decide, of course, to you, but it should be remembered that, besides the banal procedure protects the life of the pet, so also your health is not compromised. Although it is fair to say that no vaccination can be an absolute guarantor. The immunity of each animal is different, the reaction can be different. But despite all of the above, you should not neglect vaccination.