Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens: When Should You Vaccinate?

by Claire H. on February 27, 2013

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Puppy and Kitten Vaccine Schedules This year a lot of my friends have been getting puppies and kittens. Pretty much, I am on a constant cuteness overload so I don’t much mind everyone having them but me. Part of owning a kitten or puppy is getting them vaccinated. From what I’ve noticed there’s a lot of questions out there about when pets should get their shots. I thought it would be nice to share the vaccination schedules for each.

Please keep in mind that these are our recommendations for the “average” dog or cat, and if you have any questions your own personal veterinarian will know what is best for your puppy or kitten specifically.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

AGE VACCINATION
5 wks Parvovirus: For puppies at high risk. Check with your local veterinarian.
6 & 9 wks Combination vaccine* without leptospirosis.
Coronavirus: Where coronavirus is a concern.
12 wks or older Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (age at vaccination may vary according to local law).
12 & 15 wks Combination vaccine*: Include leptospirosis where it is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.
Coronavirus: Where coronavirus is a concern.
Lyme: Where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling.
Adult Combination vaccine*: Include leptospirosis where it is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.
Coronavirus: Where coronavirus is a concern.
Lyme: Where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.
Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (time interval between vaccinations may vary according to local law).
These recommendations vary depending on the age, breed, and health status of the dog, the potential of the dog to be exposed to the disease, the type of vaccine, whether the dog is used for breeding, and the geographical area where the dog lives or may visit.

*A combination vaccine, often called a 5-way vaccine, usually includes adenovirus cough and hepatitis, canine distemper, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Some combination vaccines may also include leptospirosis (7-way vaccines) and/or coronavirus. The inclusion of either canine adenovirus-1 or adenovirus- 2 in a vaccine will protect against both adenovirus cough and hepatitis; adenovirus-2 is highly preferred.

**Some puppies may need additional vaccinations against parvovirus after 15 weeks of age. Consult with your local veterinarian. Bordetella and parainfluenza: For complete canine cough protection, we recommend Intra-Trac III ADT. For dogs that are shown, in field trials, or are boarded, we recommend vaccination every six to twelve months with Intra-Trac III ADT.

 

Kitten Vaccination Schedule

VACCINATION AGE
Distemper combination vaccine* Begin as early as 6 weeks of age and repeat every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Booster at 1 year after completion of initial series, then no more frequently than every 3 years.
Feline leukemia Begin as early as 8 weeks of age and repeat in 3-4 weeks. Booster at 1 year after completion of initial series. Continue annual boosters for those cats at risk of exposure.
Rabies Given by your local veterinarian (age at vaccination may vary according to local law and type of vaccine). Revaccinate one year later, and then as required.
*Distemper combination vaccine includes panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus. Consider inclusion of Chlamydophilia for cats at risk of exposure.

These recommendations vary depending on the age, breed, and health status of the cat, the potential of the cat to be exposed to an animal who has the disease, the type of vaccine, and how common the disease is in the geographical area where the cat lives or may visit.

 

Want to learn more about vaccinating your puppy or kitten? Come on over to our Dog Vaccination and Cat Vaccination Centers. You can learn how to vaccinate your pet at home, find all your vaccination needs, and information on much more all in one place.

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Claire is a mom to three children. She has owned dogs and cats in the past, and currently has one calico cat named Potatoe. Although never owning them, she is very interested in reptiles, and has assisted friends in the past who owned a reptile store.

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