As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In order to keep our “furry family members” healthy and minimize ailments, our wellness recommendations are individualized to each patient’s species, breed, age, size and environment. Here are some guidelines we suggest to pet owners:
The AVMA recommends that vaccinations should start at 6-7 weeks of age with boosters every 3 weeks until 16 weeks of age. All puppies should receive core vaccinations. Noncore vaccinations should be individually tailored to each pet and its environment. Rabies should be given between 12 and 16 weeks of age. Below is a chart showing the core and noncore vaccinations.
Canine distemper virus
Canine parainfluenza virus
Canine influenza virus-H3N2/H3N8
Adult canines will receive yearly boosters with the exception of Rabies. The pet’s first Rabies vaccination is good for one year. Afterwards the rabies vaccination is boostered every 3 years.
Kitten vaccinations start at 6-7 weeks of age and are boostered every 3 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Rabies is given between 12-16 weeks of age. All kittens should receive core vaccinations. Noncore vaccinations are very different in Felines. They are not generally recommended mainly because of a lack of efficacy to the point that even most veterinary schools do not even keep them in stock.
Feline immunodeficiency virus
Feline infectious peritonitis
Feline Bordetella bronchiseptica
Adult felines will receive yearly boosters with the exception of Rabies. The pet’s first Rabies vaccination is good for one year. Afterwards the rabies vaccination is boostered every 3 years.