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Vaccine Information

Canine Vaccine Information:

Distemper/Parvo

This vaccine is also known as the Da2PPV vaccine, and provides dogs with protection against canine distemper, adenovirus/heptatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. This is the vaccine that is most commonly referred to as the “puppy shot”. Recent studies have shown that it’s not the number of vaccines that a puppy receives, but the age at which the last shot is given that will determine how protected that dog is against the diseases the vaccine combats.

Puppies should get their first Distemper/Parvo shot between 6 and 8 weeks old. They will need a booster vaccine every three to four weeks until they get their last shot at between 4 and 4 ½ months old. If puppies are older than 8 weeks but younger than four months when they start their series, they will need to continue getting vaccines every three to four weeks until they are four or four and a half months old. Depending on the size of your puppy when they are four months old, the veterinarian may recommend an additional distemper/parvo vaccine three to four weeks later. This is because Parvo is a very serious virus, and can be incredibly fatal in smaller dogs.

Older dogs (older than four months old), who have never been vaccinated will receive two Distemper/Parvo shots, three to four weeks apart before they should be considered protected.

All dogs should have this vaccine boostered yearly, unless otherwise directed by the Veterinarian.

Rabies

This vaccine protects dogs against Rabies. This disease is transmitted by coming into contact with infected saliva, or neurological tissue. State law requires that all dogs be vaccinated for Rabies, which is usually administered at four months of age. The first Rabies vaccine a dog ever receives will need to be boostered again, one year later. Rabies vaccines received after the first, protect the dogs for three years, as long as they are boostered on time. If you are unsure of if your dog has ever had a Rabies vaccine, or cannot provide proof of a previous Rabies vaccine, we are unable to provide a vaccine that lasts longer than one year.

Bordetella:

This vaccination protects your dogs against kennel cough, a highly contagious upper respiratory infection of dogs. This vaccine is dripped into the dog’s nose and provides protection rapidly. Puppies can be vaccinated for this at 12 weeks of age. This vaccine does need to be boostered every year after that. Older dogs only need 1 vaccine as well, with boosters every year.

Feline Vaccine Information:

Feline Upper Respiratory/Distemper

This vaccine, also known as the FVRCP vaccine, helps to provide protection against a number of common upper respiratory viruses that afflict cats and kittens. Kittens should receive their first vaccine at between six to eight weeks of age, and then have it boostered every three to four weeks until they are four months old. Kittens and cats that are 12 weeks old or older, will receive two shots, with the second three to four weeks after the first. All cats and kittens should have this vaccine boostered on yearly basis, regardless of if they go outside or not.

Rabies

This vaccination protects cats against rabies. It is recommend that they receive this vaccine at four months of age. Similarly to dogs, the first vaccine the cats receive will be good for a year before it needs to be boostered. If you get the second vaccine on time, then it will be good for three years. PLEASE NOTE: Not all rabies vaccines for cats are rated for more than one year at a time. Please be sure you know which rabies vaccine you have gotten for your cat, if you had them vaccinated somewhere other than with Valley Animal Center.

The Valley Animal Center recommends that all cats, regardless of indoor or outdoor status be vaccinated against Rabies. This disease is fatal, and if a cat bites someone without having a current Rabies vaccination on file a lengthy and possibly costly quarantine period will be required.

Feline Leukemia

 FeLV or Feline leukemia is a terminal disease that is very prevalent in the outdoor cat community. It is transmitted through contact with infected saliva, blood, and urine. Any cats that are going to be outdoor cats, or have contact with outdoor cats should be vaccinated against this disease. Kittens and cats that are 12 weeks old or older, will receive two shots, with the second three to four weeks after the first. This vaccine should be boostered yearly unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.