Vaccination protects your pet from many infectious diseases which can be serious or even fatal. By helping avoid disease, vaccination enhances your pet’s quality of life. In addition, some infectious diseases, like rabies and leptospirosis also affect people, so vaccinating also helps protect you and your family.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule
About 8-9 weeks old – DHPPi – Distemper virus, adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parvovirus, Parainfluenza
12-13 weeks old – DHPPiL – Distemper virus, adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
16-17 weeks old – DHPPiL plus rabies
Canine Cough (“Kennel Cough” or “Bordetella”) – Recommended
Canine cough is a highly contagious disease that is commonly caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. It is transmitted through close contact with infected dogs. For this reason, the dogs at greatest risk of contracting canine cough include those who visit dog parks, daycares, kennels, training classes, shows, etc. Two forms of the vaccine are available – intra-nasal or injectible.
Once the initial course of vaccines is completed, rabies must be boostered again in 1 year and from then on is administered once every 3 years. Rabies is the only vaccine that is legally required. DHPPiL is an annual vaccine.
Kitten Vaccination Schedule
About 8-9 weeks old – FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia
12-13 weeks old – FVRCP plus Leukemia – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, plus leukemia if your cat goes outside
16-17 weeks old – FVRCP, Leukemia plus rabies
Once the initial course of vaccines is completed, rabies must be boostered again in 1 year and from then on is administered once every 3 years. Rabies is the only vaccine that is legally required. FVRCP and leukemia is an annual vaccine.
What risks are associated with vaccination?
Vaccination recommendations always take into consideration of the health of your pet and their lifestyle. This ensure that your pet receives only necessary vaccines and that the potential for adverse reactions is minimized. Though vaccination can result in adverse effects, they are generally rare, mild, of short duration, and resolve on their own — often without treatment. The health benefits of vaccination far outweigh any risks.