Disease can be transmitted to animals and humans through other animals and objects so it is important to defend against it starting at a young age. Below are the typical schedules for dogs, and cats, but based on recent studies with vaccines, some veterinarians may be practicing different intervals between certain types of vaccinations.
1.) DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
Puppy Schedule: 8 weeks, 12 weeks, &16 weeks.
Adult Schedule: Given at 1 yr and annually thereafter.
2.) DHPP-L (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, and Leptospirosis)
Puppy Schedule: Not given before 1 yr due to sensitivity to the Leptospirosis.
Adult Schedule: Given after 1 year of age annually. Cannot be given before due to issues with sensitivity to the Leptospirosis.
* Depending on your location, DHPP-L may not be necessary because the disease Leptospirosis is not prevalent in the area. In this case, the DHPP vaccine is used to protect your pet.
Puppy Schedule: 1st Rabies is generally given between 16 and 26 weeks old, some veterinarians may not administer the vaccine however until 1 yr of age.
Adult Schedule: 1 yr, and then every 3 yrs after that.
4.) Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
Puppy Schedule: Can be given as early as 20 weeks old and then every 6 months thereafter if frequently boarded, taking puppy training classes, and/or has frequent exposure to other dogs.
Adult Schedule: Given annually if there is less activity with other dogs, and/or boarding.
5.) Optional Vaccines (dependent on location/disease prevalence)
A. Giardia – Given to healthy dogs after 8 weeks of age, booster is given 2-3 weeks after initial vaccination and annually thereafter.
B. Lyme – Give at 12 to 16 weeks and then annually.
C. Coronavirus – Given at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and then annually thereafter.
1.) PRC (Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia Psittaci)
Kitten Schedule: Given between 6-8 weeks of age, 8-10 weeks of age and 10-12 weeks of age.
Adult Schedule: Yearly booster
2.) FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
Kitten Schedule: Given between 8-10 weeks of age and again at 10-12 weeks of age.
Adult Schedule: Yearly booster.
Kitten Schedule: Given between 10-12 weeks of age and again at 12-16 weeks of age.
Adult Schedule: 1 yr (1 yr rabies vaccine), and then every 3yrs after that (3 yr rabies vaccine).
4.) Optional Vaccines (dependent on location/prevalence of disease)
A. Giardia - Given to healthy cats after 8 weeks of age, booster is given 2-3 weeks after initial vaccination, and then annually thereafter.
*Please note that vaccinations are species specific. Also note that some breeds are more sensitive to certain vaccines, vaccines can be given in different ways, and certain vaccines may not be needed dependent upon your region. For these reasons, you need to contact and/or visit your local veterinarian when beginning your pets vaccination schedule.