There have been many changes to vaccination recommendations in the last few years. We at Wandermere Animal Hospital pride ourselves on being progressive with our vaccination protocols. We look to and closely follow the guidelines put forth by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. What follows is a list of the vaccinations we carry and the general recommendations regarding each one. Not every pet will have the same protocol so it is best to speak with your veterinarian to see which ones apply to your pet's lifestyle.
1) Canine Distemper/Parvo (DHPP or DA2PP): Recommended to be given to all dogs. Generally given in a puppy series until 16 weeks of age, then 1 year later. After that it can safely be given every 3 years and still provide immunity.
2) Leptospirosis: Recommended to be given to dogs who swim in and drink from water, where wildlife frequent. Generally given 2 vaccines 3 weeks apart and then yearly thereafter.
3) Bordatella: Recommended to be given to dogs who are around alot of other dogs (ie. go to daycare, dog parks, dog shows, kennals, groomers). Generally given 2 vaccines 3 weeks apart and then every 6 months thereafter. It has been found through research that the intranasal form of this vaccine is the most effective and has the quickest onset of action. We carry both the intranasal and injectable versions so that dogs who are too scared for the intranasal or have had bad experiences with it can have an alternative route of administration.
4) Rabies: Recommended to be given to all dogs and all cats. Generally given once at the end of the puppy/kitten series, then 1 year later. After that it can be given every 3 years. Rabies is a public health concern and therefore it is a legal obligation to have your pet vaccinated. If your pet is not up to date on their vaccine, and they bite a human being, they can be ordered by the state to be kept in a quarantine facility.
5) Feline Distemper (FVRCP): Recommended to be given to all cats. Generally given in a kitten series until 16 weeks of age, then 1 year later. After that it can be given every 3 years and still provide adequate immunity for most cats. However, if your cat has a high likliehood of being around lots of other cats it may be better to continue giving it yearly.
6) Feline Leukemia: Recommended to be given to cats who go outdoors or live with other cats that go outdoors, and cats who live with a known Leukemia positive cat. Generally given 2 vaccines 3 weeks apart then yearly thereafter.