Vaccines are an important health benefit for our pets, due to the presence of numerous viruses in our area that present a significant risk. Our veterinarians design their vaccine protocol according to each individual animal and the risks they encounter.
Puppies & Kittens: Generally, a puppy or kitten will receive its first set of vaccines at 8 weeks of age. At this age they are (hopefully) weaned from their mother’s milk, which had provided immunities up to this point. They receive a second set of booster vaccines 3-4 weeks after the first, and receive a third vaccine booster at 16 weeks of age. Their rabies vaccine is required by law, and is given between 4 and 6 months of age. We commonly give it at 6 months along with the spay/neuter for convenience for county licensing.
Adults: Dogs and cats need to be re-vaccinated at 1.5 years of age, 2.5 years of age, and then again every three years thereafter. Two exceptions exist, and those are for Bordetella and Feline Leukemia vaccines:
Bordetella is only given if the dog is going to be staying at a boarding kennel or is in frequent contact with strange dogs. Its immunity expires within 1 year, and it should be given at least 2 weeks prior to boarding.
Feline Leukemia is given yearly if a cat is outdoors at all. This is due to the high risk of transmitting this virus.