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At Animal Doctor, we take your pet’s health seriously. We recommend vaccinating your puppies and kittens with vaccines our veterinarians have carefully chosen for the best health of your pets, with the least reactions. Repeated vaccines are necessary to most fully protect puppies and kittens from disease. This is due to the mother’s immunity decreasing during this time period in the puppy or kitten. Therefore, at Animal Doctor we give a series of booster vaccines between the ages of 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age to kittens and puppies, ending with a Rabies vaccination at 16 weeks.




PUPPIES


We recommend giving puppies a series of four canine distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus vaccines beginning at 8 weeks of age, and every three weeks until 16 weeks of age. These viruses can cause puppies to become very ill; with diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory symptoms, seizures, and even death.


Puppies should also receive two Leptospirosis vaccine boosters during the 13 week and 16 week vaccine appointments. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection dogs can contract through wildlife urine (commonly found in standing water and grassy areas), which can cause kidney failure, live failure, and death. People can also contract this bacterial infection from their pets.


Bordetella is a bacterial infection that causes upper respiratory symptoms in dogs. The vaccine is given orally (by mouth) every six months, and can be given as early as 4 weeks of age.


Puppies receive the Rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age, which lasts for one year, then once boostered at 1 year of age, will be valid for three years. Rabies is a viral infection that is 100% fatal to dogs, as well as people, and is legally required in the United States.



KITTENS


Kittens should receive a series of four feline viral rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, and calicivirus booster vaccinations (feline distemper) beginning at 8 weeks of age, and every three weeks until 16 weeks of age. These viruses cause upper respiratory infections, oral ulcers, and gastrointestinal symptoms in kittens.


Kittens should also receive a series of two feline leukemia vaccines during the 13 week and 16 week vaccine appointments. Feline Leukemia is a viral infection that is spread from cat to cat through breeding, fighting, urine, and other secretions.


At 16 weeks of age, your kitten should be vaccinated for rabies, and then yearly following that.

Vaccine Protocol