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Vaccination Schedules For Dogs & Cats

Age Vaccines

7-8 Weeks DHPPC- Consists of Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis,
Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus.

8-10 Weeks Bordetella- Canine Kennel Cough is for dogs that require boarding, grooming, are attending puppy classes, or are in areas where high concentrations of dogs go such as parks, dog shows, etc. The first vaccine requires a booster vaccine given 3 to 4 weeks after the initial vaccine. The vaccine is then given annually, but may be recommended twice a year for high exposure dogs.

9 to 12 Weeks Lyme- Needed in areas of high tick concentration given to dogs at least 9 weeks of age. The first vaccination requires a booster vaccination 2 to 3 weeks after the initial vaccine. Vaccine is given annually thereafter.

12 Weeks DHLPPC- Consists of Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis,Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus.
Rabies -1 year Vaccination
Repeated after 9 months and before 1 year exactly by the calendar date to be
a three year vaccine according to MA state law.

16 plus Weeks DHLPPC- Consists of Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus.
Vaccine is given annually thereafter. In addition to the above vaccination guidelines, we also highly recommend all dogs and puppies be on year round heartworm preventative and flea and tick prevention. Annual blood testing for Heartworm Disease also screens for Lyme Disease, Erlichia, and Anaplasmosis other common tick born illnesses.

We also routinely* check fecal samples for intestinal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to humans. Puppies are frequently dewormed.

*Every 6 months for boarding clients and annually for all other patients. This schedule may be adjusted based on the overall health and condition of your pet and at the veterinarian’s recommendation.
Vaccination Schedule for Cats and Kittens

Age Vaccines

7-8 Weeks FVRCP # 1 – Consists of Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus
12 Weeks FVRCP # 2 – Consists of Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus
FELV** – Feline Leukemia 1st vaccine requires a booster vaccine in 3 to 4 weeks
Rabies -1 year – Repeated in 9 months and before 1 year exactly by the
calendar date to be a three year vaccine according to MA state law.

16 Weeks FVRCP # 3 FELV # 2- Leukemia vaccine booster. Both FVRCP and FELV vaccines are given annually thereafter.

** Leukemia vaccines are recommended for any cat or kitten that may go outside or have a future exposure to cats outside the household (even through window or porch screens). FELV/FIV test: Recommended on every new cat or kitten brought into a household. Both diseases can be fatal and are not treatable.

Feline Leukemia is easily spread by nasal discharge and saliva, therefore cats grooming each other or sharing a water bowl may be prone to spreading or contracting the disease. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is spread via bite wounds and mating. Subsequently, it is seen in fighting tom cats and mating queens.