Vaccinations have been proven to build your pet’s immunity against many dangerous diseases. With regular pet wellness checkups and the proper vaccination schedule, you will ensure a long, healthy life for your pet.
Typical Vaccinations for Dogs
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) – Your puppy receives the first vaccination at the initial exam, around 6 to 8 weeks of age, and it is then repeated every 3 weeks until 15 to 17 weeks. After the initial schedule is completed, your dog will require a booster at 1 year, and then every 3 years.
- Leptospirosis – This annual vaccination prevents a bacterial infection that can damage your dog’s liver, kidneys, and other major organs.
- Bordetella (kennel cough) – This vaccination prevents respiratory disease. The initial vaccination is given at 9 weeks of age and is repeated 3 weeks later. Following the first two shots, a booster is required every 6 to 12 months, depending on exposure.
- Rabies – Your dog will have his or her first vaccination at 16 weeks and the second at 1 year. After the first two vaccinations, a booster is required every 3 years.
- Heartworm – Heartworm prevention medication is given monthly, and your dog will take it for the rest of his or her life. After the first year, a heartworm test is performed at the annual exam.
- Canine Influenza
Typical Vaccinations for Cats
- FVRCP/feline distemper (feline rhinotracheitis from feline herpes virus, calici virus, and panleukopenia) – Your kitten receives the first vaccination at 6 to 8 weeks of age, and it is repeated every 3 weeks until 15 to 17 weeks of age. A booster is given at 1 year, and then every 3 years for distemper and yearly for rhinotracheitis and calici viruses.
- Rabies – Your cat’s first rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks, and then at 1 year. A booster is required every 3 years after that.
- FeLV (feline leukemia) – The initial vaccination is administered at 12 weeks, followed by a booster at 15 to 16 weeks, and then annually at wellness exams.