Vaccinating your new puppy or kitten is vital during their infant stages, which span on average from 8 weeks to 4 months of age. Puppies and kittens are small creatures and their immune systems are most susceptible until their first series of vaccinations are administered by a veterinarian.
The first round of vaccinations that puppies and kittens should receive is as follows:
Puppy Vaccination Plans include a series of shots - including Parainfuluenza, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis - usually given at 3-week intervals from 8 weeks to 4 months of age. At approximately 4 months of age, the puppy receives its first rabies vaccination. Puppies should be checked for intestinal parasites, fleas, and heartworm. Your vet may also recommend a preventative for heartworm (depending on age).
Kitten Vaccination Plans are usually given at 3-week intervals from approximately 8 weeks to 4 months of age - including Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici-Chlamydia and Panleukopenia. At approximately 4 months old, the kitten can receive a rabies vaccination. Kittens should be checked for intestinal parasites and ear mites. Your veterinarian may also recommend a preventative for heartworm disease, which more commonly affects dogs but can also harm cats.
Many private veterinarians hold low-cost pet vaccination clinics at their offices. A puppy or kitten's first vaccinations will generally cost between $10 and $15. A rabies vaccination typically costs about $5 on average.