Vaccinating Your Pet is important to protect your pet from contagious diseases. This is crucial even if your pet is kept mostly indoors. Many contagious diseases are airborne and your pet could easily be exposed. There is also always a risk that your pet could accidentally slip out the door. Boarding kennels, dog parks and grooming facilities are all areas where your pet is likely to be exposed to contagious diseases and most of these facilities require your pet to be properly protected to even be admitted, so be sure to contact us, or your local veterinarian before taking your pet to any of these places. It is also important to keep in mind that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective and most require a booster.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHPP/DA2PP)
Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this combination vaccine which actually protects against the diseases in its full name.
The rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in most states.
Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs
Leptospirosis: Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (making it a DHLPP/DA2PPL), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where there are areas of standing or slow-moving water. This disease can also be spread from animals to humans.
Bordetella: AKA “kennel cough”. The bordetella virus causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog goes to a dog park, groomer, boarding kennel or doggy daycare.
Lyme Disease: A bacterial infection carried by ticks, this disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country — in particular, the east and west coasts and the areas around the Great Lakes.
Influenza: A Viral disease that is highly contagious. Another vaccine that may be required by facilities in order to be admitted.
Dog Vaccination Schedule
8-10 WeeksDistemper Hepatitis Parvovirus
12-14 WeeksDistemper Hepatitis Parvovirus
16-18 WeeksRabies Distemper Hepatitis Parvovirus
Every 1-3 YearsRabies Distemper Hepatitis Parvovirus
Non-Core OptionsParainfluenza Bordetella Leptospira Lyme Disease
Core Vaccines for Cats
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
Commonly called the “Feline distemper” shot , is a combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.
The virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for cats are required by law in most states.
Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats
Feline Leukemia: This is a viral infection that is only transmitted through close contact, and this vaccine is generally only recommended for cats that go outdoors.
Cat Vaccination Schedule
8-10 WeeksPanleukopenia Calicivirus Rhinotracheitis
12-14 WeeksPanleukopenia Calicivirus Rhinotracheitis
16-18 WeeksRabies Panleukopenia Calicivirus Rhinotracheitis
Every 1-3 YearsRabies Panleukopenia Calicivirus Rhinotracheitis
Non-Core OptionsFeLV Bordetella