Cookapoo Dog

Vaccines

Your Pet is Unique, it's needs are unique as well

Vaccination recommendations and protocols are continually changing as our understanding of immunology improves. 

 

While booster vaccinations should ideally be replaced by immunologic testing of vaccination titers, the cost of testing is often practically overridden by the lesser cost of vaccinations.  

 

The concept of boosters may change as our understanding of immunologic competence increases.

 

Vaccine protocols of the past 50 years are coming under scrutiny. There is no perfect schedule; schedules should be individualized to your pet's age, size, and unique needs.

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In general, puppies and kittens receive maternal antibodies from their early days nursing and ingesting colostrum. 

 

This protection usually lasts for at least 6 to 9 weeks and interferes with the ability of vaccinations to impart protection. Most maternal antibodies have diminished by 16 weeks of age.

 

That's why puppy and kitten vaccinations should begin about 8 to 9 weeks of age (earlier if maternal protection is doubtful) and continue until at least 16 weeks of age or older. 

 

Parvo vaccinations may need to be continued until 18 weeks. 

Vaccinations should not be given in intervals any less than 2 weeks; they are ideally given every 3 to 4 weeks. 

Core Feline Vaccines:

FVRCP & Rabies

non-core:

FeLV

 

Kittens:

 

8 weeks: FVRCP

12 weeks: FVRCP, possibly FeLV

16 weeks: FVRCP, possibly FeLV

20 weeks: Rabies, 1 year

Adult cats:

6 months to 12 months  later*:

FVRCP, possibly FeLV

 

thereafter:

FVRCP every 3 years,

FeLV yearly if indicated

Rabies every year

*Alternatively titer testing to avoid vaccinations.

Rabies vaccination is determined by state law; cats should receive the special (non-adjuvanted) 1-year vaccine to reduce the risk of fibrosarcoma cancer at the site of vaccination.

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Core Canine Vaccines:
  • Distemper, Adeno2/Hepatitis, Parvo. Rabies

Non-Core:
  • Bordetella, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Lyme, Influenza H3N2 & H3N8, and Rattlesnake

 
Puppies:

8 weeks:  DA2PP

12 weeks: DA2PP, possibly Lepto

16 weeks:  DA2PP, possibly Lepto

20 weeks:  parvo recommended
 

24 weeks:  Rabies 1 year

 

Non-Core vaccines as indicated:

Bordetella, Lyme, Influenza, Rattlesnake

Rabies vaccines are determined by state law. 

Adult dogs:

6 months to 12 months  later*:

DA2PP, non-core vaccinations as indicated, and Rabies. 

*Alternatively titer testing to avoid over vaccinations.

After that, dogs are typically revaccinated every 3 years for DHPP and Rabies.

Non-core vaccinations are typically given yearly.