Last week, within the context of delineating comments on the acquisition, administering and the efficiency of the vaccines against diseases which companion animals (puppies, kittens, adult dogs, and cats), can contract, we promised to share the important aspects of the vaccine delivery schedule.
Today (see below), we are presenting the proposed schedules which, over the years, have proven to be the most efficient way of inoculating our canine and feline wards.
Please understand that when we write about “Poly valent Vaccine”, we mean that the Vaccine which is given to the animal, offers protection against several diseases – all listed on the vials containing the vaccine.You will notice that your veterinarian will pull up from one vial a liquid and inject the same into a second vial containing a solid. Having combined and mixed the contents in the second vial, the vet will pull up the mixture which is then ready to be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) into the animal. The animal’s immunity against the stated diseases will begin to kick-in within one week of it being vaccinated. Please note that your vet may administer the vaccine into the animal’s muscle.
Also, it must be recognized that if the animal has already contracted the disease but is not as yet exhibiting the specific disease symptoms as described in previous Pet Care columns, the expected immunity from the vaccine will not occur, and the vaccination may even precipitate the onset and severity of the disease.

If there is a high incidence of the disease in a particular area, the vet might advise that the dog receives a fourth vaccination and thereafter an Annual Booster shot.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th vaccinations over a period of 16 weeks represent the “Primary Course”.
Certain diseases are not covered by vaccination in Guyana, because they have never appeared – as far as the scientists and veterinary practitioners have ascertained. These include Lyme Disease, Bartonella and Rabies.
Rabies vaccinations is required for international travel. The animals must be at least 3 months of age, before the Rabies Vaccine can be administered. The Rabies vaccine manufactures may offer a product for one-year or three-year protection duration.

If an adult cat is being vaccinated for the first time, it will require at least two vaccinations preferably three weeks apart. Thereafter, Annual Booster vaccinations are recommended, after consultation with your veterinarian.
The vaccination schedules proposed above rely greatly on advice documented by the American Veterinary Medical Association and are consistent with tested and proven global practices.

Please also note that if there are “waves” of a disease suddenly occurring or if there are known endemic areas or conditions where certain diseases (against which the animal is being vaccinated), are prevalent, your vet may alter the vaccination schedules documented above.

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