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Our Veterinarian Recommended Puppy and Kitten Vaccination Schedule. (Adult Dogs and Cats too!)

Puppies and Kittens need vaccinations early in life as antibodies they receive from their mother start to decrease around 6-8 weeks of age. It is during this time that puppies need to start building their own immunity through vaccinations.

All puppies should receive core vaccines as well as certain non-core vaccinations depending on the pet’s lifestyle and breed.

Puppies, Adult Dogs, Kittens and Adult Cats should follow the vaccination schedule below. Discussing your pet’s needs and medical condition with one of our veterinarians at our clinics will help you decide what is best to help your pet live a long and healthy life.

Our veterinarians recommend following the pet vaccination schedule below as a general guideline. Where you live and your pet's lifestyle will determine specific vaccination and testing needs.

Recommended for all dogs and cats
8 Weeks Old DHPP (4-in-1: Distemper, Hepatitis
Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) 

Start Heartworm Prevention (such as
Heartgard, Trifexis, Revolution, etc.) 
FVRCP Vaccine
(Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Calicivirus and Panleukopenia)

Start Heartworm Prevention
12 Weeks Old DHPP Booster FVRCP Booster

FELV Vaccine*
(Feline Leukemia Virus) 
16 Weeks Old DHPP Booster

Rabies Vaccine
FVRCP Booster

FELV Booster

Rabies Vaccine** 
Recommended based on pet's lifestyle
8 Weeks Old Corona Vaccine

We typically do not recommend 
non-core vaccinations for cats
due to their sensitivity. 
12 Weeks Old Corona Booster

Bordetella Vaccine (kennel cough)

Lepto Vaccine

Lyme Vaccine 

Canine Influenza Vaccine 

Rattlesnake Vaccine 

16 Weeks Old Corona Booster

Bordetella Booster

Lepto Booster

Lyme Booster 

Canine Influenza Booster

Rattlesnake Booster

Recommended based on pet's lifestyle 
8 Weeks Old De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm,

Start Parasite Prevention
(flea, tick, heartworm) 
De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm,

Start Parasite Prevention (flea & tick and
12 Weeks Old De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm,
De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm,

FeLv / FIV / Heartworm Test
6 MONTHS Old Heartworm, Erlichiosis, Anaplasmois
and Lyme Test (4Dx)

*Feline leukemia virus vaccine may not be considered a “core vaccination” by some veterinarians. However, it has recently been recommended that kittens are at the highest risk of contracting feline leukemia virus more so than adult cats, therefore many vets are reconsidering making Felv a “core vaccination”. Currently, there are two different types of Felv vaccinations available for cats: one is injectable, the other is a transdermal vaccination without the use of a needle. 

**There are two different types of rabies vaccinations available for cats.

Most vaccinations are labeled for yearly boosters. Many factors need to be weighed when deciding on a vaccination plan that is tailor-made for your pet. Our clinic veterinarians can help you decide which yearly vaccinations are best for your pet based on these factors:

  • type of vaccination and how it is labeled for use
  •  pet’s age
  • medical and  physical condition of pet being vaccinated
  • pet’s lifestyle and exposure to disease 
  • presence of disease in pet’s environment 
  • reaction to previous vaccinations
  • and many others

It is necessary to boost vaccinations (vaccinating again in a certain time period) to allow for the growth and expansion of the immune response in order to fight off infection upon exposure to the actual disease. 

It is recommended to keep your puppy away from unvaccinated dogs while the vaccination process is going on and away from places of multiple dog exposure, if vaccination status of all dogs is not known. 

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