Vaccine Schedule

Vaccination plays an important role in the control of infectious diseases, both for an individual pet as well as for the general population.  Here is more information about the vaccines that we offer to help you decide which may be best.  At your appointment we can discuss further specifics based on you and your pet’s needs.

Rabies Vaccination

Necessary for all pets where legally mandated or in an endemic region.  Rabies vaccines are required by Virginia law for pets 16 weeks or older.

Initial vaccination: Administer a single dose at not less than 12 weeks of age

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose 1 year following the initial dose; then repeat every 1-3 years depending on the product used.

 

Feline Vaccines

HCP (herpesvirus-1 + calicivirus + panleukopenia)

Recommended for ALL cats and given in combination in one vaccine.  Available in 1 year and 3 year products.

Initial vaccination:

  • Kitten: Administer the first dose as early as 6 weeks of age, then every 3–4 weeks until older than 16 weeks of age
  • Adult: Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose 1 year after primary series; then repeat every 1-3 years depending on the product used.

FeLV (Feline leukemia)

We recommend routine FeLV vaccination for all kittens up to and including 1 year of age.  After this age, revaccination is recommended if the cat is considered at-risk (has time outdoors where potentially in contact with roaming cats). This vaccine requires that your cat test negative for the disease before beginning the initial series and at every booster vaccine.

Initial vaccination:  Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart, beginning as early as 8 weeks of age

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose 1 year following administration of the initial two-dose series. Revaccination every 2 years for cats at low risk of infection and annually for cats at higher risk. For cats older than 3–4 years of age, a booster vaccination every 2–3 years is sufficient.

 

Canine Vaccines

DAP (canine distemper virus + adenovirus type 2 + parvovirus)

Recommended for ALL dogs and given in combination in one vaccine.  Available in 1 year and 3 year products.

Initial vaccination:

  • Puppy: Administer the first dose as early as 6 weeks of age, then every 2–4 weeks until older than 14 weeks of age
  • Adult: Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose 1 year after primary series; then repeat every 1-3 years depending on the product used.

Kennel Cough (parainfluenza and Bordetella)

Recommended for dogs that visit dog parks, grooming facilities, boarding facilities or doggie daycare.

Initial vaccination: Administer a single dose as early as 3 weeks of age

Revaccination (boosters): This vaccine should be boostered every 6-12 months depending on your dog’s exposure to other dogs.

Lepto4 (Leptospira)

Recommended for dogs that spend time near wildlife.  This disease is spread through water and dogs that spend time in lakes, rivers or streams are particularly at risk.

Initial vaccination: Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart, beginning as early as 8 weeks of age

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose annually

Lyme (Borrelia Burgdorferi)

Recommended for dogs that have exposure to ticks.  Ticks are most commonly found in wooded areas or tall grasses.

Initial vaccination: Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart, beginning as early as 8 weeks of age

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose annually

Canine Flu (H3N8)

Recommended for dogs that are frequently at boarding facilities or doggie daycare.

Initial vaccination: Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart, beginning as early as 8 weeks of age

Revaccination (boosters): Administer a single dose annually