VACCINES

Who, What, When, Which Ones?

Not sure which vaccines are appropriate for your pet? We’ve addressed some of the most common recommendations below, but if something still isn’t clear, feel free to contact us and one of our team members will be happy to help you out.

WHO

To live their best lives and to reduce disease transmission, it is recommended that all cats and dogs receive regular vaccinations as detailed here.

WHAT

FVRCP

Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. These are a combination of viruses that usually cause upper respiratory tract infection although panleukopenia can cause server disease in some cases. They are easily transmitted from one cat to another. Even if a cat recovers, it can remain a carrier for life.

DAPP

Distemper/Parvo combo. Protects against often fatal and hard to treat diseases. Distemper is spread through urine, blood, or saliva while parvo is spread though infected feces (someone who has handled an infected dog or objects that have been around an infected dog).

Rabies

Protects against the incurable viral disease which attacks the central nervous system. Rabies is spread though contact with the saliva of infected animals. It is a zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animals to people.

Bordetella = Protects against canine kennel cough and other upper respiratory infections. It is a highly contagious disease of the upper respiratory tract and is spread through coughing or sneezing.

Lepto

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that attacks the kidneys and liver. It is caused by bacteria that live in standing water and urine of infected animals. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animals to people. Common in wildlife and farm animals.

FELV

Feline Leukemia is an infection that can result in a multitude of serious health problems. The virus is shed in saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk of infected cats. This virus is the second leading cause of death in cats.

WHEN

CORE (Recommended for ALL pets)

DAPP (Canine Distemper/Parvo)

Begins at 6-8 weeks + needs boosters*

Frequency: 1 year then every 3 years

FVRCP (Feline Distemper)

Begins at 6-8 weeks + needs boosters*

Frequency: 1 year then every 3 years

Rabies (Canine/Feline Rabies)

Begins at 12 weeks

Frequency: 1 year then every 3 years

NON-CORE (Based on lifestyle):

Bordetella (Canine Kennel Cough)

Begins at 8-12 Weeks

Frequency: 1 year or every 6 months if frequenting dog parks, daycares or groomers

Lepto

Begins at 12-16 Weeks + Needs booster*

Frequency: 1 year

FELV (Feline Leukemia)

Beginns at 12-16 Weeks + Needs booster*

Frequency: 2 years

* ANY vaccine requiring a booster needs to be done 3-4 weeks apart. If this timeline is not followed, the series will need to be restarted.

WHICH ONES

CANINE Lifestyle Recommendations

Free Spirit:  Hunting dog, rural living, eats/drinks from unknown sources

Recommended Vx:  DAPP, Rabies, Lepto

Urban Socialite:  Exposed to other dogs at parks or daycare, exposed to rodents

Recommended Vx:  DAPP, Rabies, Lepto, and Bordatella

Pampered Pooch:  Frequent trips to the groomer, social outings to public places

Recommended Vx:  DAPP, Rabies, and Bordatella

Homebody:  Never exposed to other dogs; known or unknown, under strict control of their activities and not allowed access to unknown food/water

Recommended Vx:  DAPP and Rabies

FELINE Lifestyle Recommendations


Free Spirit:  Contact with other cats or animals, hunter, spends time outdoors, likely to eat/drink from unknown sources

Recommended Vx:  FVRCP, Rabies, and FELV

Nervous/Aggressive Kitty:  Bad temper, nervous around people, biter or scratcher, hisses at people

Recommended Vx:  FVRCP, Rabies, and FELV

Social Butterfly:  Exposed to other known cats, sometimes exposed to unknown cats

Recommended Vx:  FVRCP, Rabies, and FELV

Homebody:  Never exposed to any other cats, known or unknown, under strict control of activities and no allowed access to unknown food/water

Recommended Vx:  FVRCP, Rabies

 

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