Cat & Dog Vaccinations: An Essential Part of Wellness

Your pet needs vaccinations just like we do. With advances in veterinary medicine and widespread cat & dog vaccinations, many deadly diseases have now been greatly reduced. However, unvaccinated animals are still at risk for infection. At Evergreen Veterinary Clinic in East San Jose, our goal is to ensure every pet is as healthy as they can be, and pet vaccinations play a crucial role in reaching that goal.

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Starting Early for Long-Term Protection

Puppies and kittens are vulnerable to infection due to their still developing immune systems. To start them on a path toward wellness, we offer a series of pet vaccinations during their first few weeks. Their first dose acts as a primer for their immune system to recognize the virus or bacteria and begin to fight it off. The following doses then further stimulate the immune system to respond accordingly with antibodies that fight off the disease. Adult pets then require regular boosters throughout their lives to maintain protection.

Timeline for Core and Non-core Vaccines

Some pet vaccinations are considered “core” and are required for each and every pet. Others are “non-core” and only recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle and whether they will be an outdoor pet, one who travels with you, or perhaps one who is social and attends dog parks, training classes, boarding kennels and other places where they are in close proximity to other animals. Our vaccine recommendations are based off of the recommendations from both the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

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Core Vaccines for Dogs:

  • DA2PP (distemper, adenovirus type 2, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
    • First dose: 8 weeks of age
    • Second dose: 12 weeks
    • Third dose: 16 weeks
    • One year after the initial series
    • Then booster every 3 years
  • Rabies
    • First dose: 16 weeks of age
    • Second Dose: 1 year
    • Every three years after initial series

Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs:

  • Bordetella (for dogs expected to board frequently)
    • Yearly booster
  • Canine Influenza (for dogs who frequently come into contact with other dogs)
    • Yearly, as needed
  • Rattlesnake (for dogs expected to be outdoors)
    • Yearly, as needed

Core Vaccines for Cats:

  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia)
    • First dose: 8 weeks of age
    • Second dose 12 weeks of age
    • Third dose: 16 weeks of age
    • One year after the initial series
    • Then booster every three years
  • Rabies
    • First dose: 16 weeks of age
    • Then a yearly booster

Non-Core Vaccines for Cats:

  • FeLV (feline leukemia)
    • First dose: any time after 12 weeks of age
    • Second dose: 2-4 weeks after the first
    • Yearly after initial series

Typically, we try to stagger cat and dog vaccinations so that your pet only receives one at a time. This helps reduce reactions and allows each vaccine to take full effect.

For more information about cat and dog vaccinations and their role in your pet’s well-being, please give us a call, or stop in today!

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