For Dogs & Cats: Rabies vaccine:
Rabies vaccination is highly recommended. In this way, it is considered a “core vaccine”. It should be given at around 16 weeks of age, then a booster given in a year, then every 3 years thereafter.
Puppies/Dogs : DAP = distemper, adenovirus & parvo virus:
This core (recommended) vaccine combination should be given at 8 weeks and again at 12 weeks of age (and sometimes requires a booster at 16 weeks). The booster requirement in future may be annually or up to every 3 years, depending on your pet’s lifestyle, exposure to others, and the vaccine brand that is being used. Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s specifics.
Puppies/Dogs: Kennel Cough (Bordetella):
This non-core (optional) vaccine is given particularly to dogs that will be exposed to large numbers of other dogs in close quarters – such as boarding facilities, dog shows, obedience classes, daily regulars at the off-leash dog park, doggy daycare, flyball/agility dogs and frequent trips to the groomers (more than 6x in a year). This can be discussed with your veterinarian. This vaccine is given annually when needed.
Puppies/Dogs : Lyme disease:
Again, individual situations will dictate what is appropriate, but the Lyme disease vaccine is considered non-core (or optional) and may be used on dogs who are exposed regularly to ticks. This is an annual vaccine when it is applicable.
Kittens/Cats: HCP = Herpes, Calici & Panleukopenia viruses:
This core (recommended) vaccine combination is given at 8 weeks, then 12 weeks and then either annually or up to every 3 years. This depends on the individual pet’s lifestyle and potential exposure.
Kittens/Cats: FeLV = Feline Leukemia virus:
Feline Leukemia is a non-core (optional) vaccine and is recommended for specific patients. These patients are usually young cats and those going outdoors or living in multi-cat households. Necessity regarding vaccinating mid-age and older cats is yet unknown, but you can discuss the need for this vaccine and any questions about it with your veterinarian.