Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but essential way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It’s important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.
While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur. Your vet can explain what to watch for in your pets after they are vaccinated.
Canine Vaccination Protocol
- Rabies: We recommend a three-year rabies vaccination for dogs, after the initial four-month and one-year booster).
- Distemper/Parvo (DA2PP): After the initial puppy series and two annual booster vaccines, the ongoing vaccination will be at a three-year interval, offset from when the rabies vaccination is given.
- Leptospirosis: Vaccination will be given to all puppies twice, then every year after.
- Bordetella (kennel cough): Intranasal vaccination is given once to puppies, then every 6-12 months. Dogs who have exposure to other dogs (boarding, grooming, daycare, dog parks, showing, training or a neighbor dog with these exposures) may want to booster every six months. All other dogs will have it once per year.
Feline Vaccination Protocol:
- Rabies: We recommend a PureVax one-year vaccination for cats due to its decreased risk of causing localized sarcomas or inflammation at the vaccination site. The three-year rabies is still available at client request only.
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP): Vaccination is given at a three-year interval, offset from the rabies vaccination. The FVRCP vaccination will be given annually for two years after kitten vaccinations.
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV): Vaccination is given to all kittens twice. One year later, then every year in cats who go outside at all and every other year in cats who do not sneak outside.
Want to know more about vaccinations and guidelines? Click here for information from the American Animal Hospital Association.