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Vaccinations

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:

Canine Vaccinations

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.

Core                                                                                                         Noncore

Canine distemper virus

Parvovirus

Adenovirus 2

Parainfluenza virus

Rabies virus

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Canine parainfluenza virus

Leptospira

Borrelia burgdorferi

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.  

Feline Vaccinations

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.

Core                                                                                                         Noncore

Feline Herpesvirus

Feline Calicivirus

Feline Panleukopenia

Feline Leukemia

Rabies

Feline immunodeficiency virus

Feline infectious peritonitis

Feline Chlamyida

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.