Canine Vaccination Protocol: Ridgeview Animal Hospital recommends a three-year Rabies for dogs. (After the four-month and one-year booster). The Distemper Parvo (DA2PP) vaccination will be at a three-year interval, offset from when the Rabies vaccination is given. The Leptospirosis vaccination will be given to all puppies twice, then every year thereafter. The Bordetella Intranasal vaccination is given once to puppies, then every 6-12 months. Dogs who have exposure to other dogs (boarding, grooming, daycare, dog parks, showing, training or a neighbor dog with these exposures) may want to booster every six months. All other dogs will have it once per year.
Example of what this would look like for a new puppy:
- Eight weeks: DA2PP and Bordetella Intranasal
- Eleven weeks: DA2PP
- Fourteen weeks: DA2LPP
- Seventeen weeks: DA2LPP and one-year Rabies
- One year: DA2PP, Bordetella Intranasal, Leptospirosis, Rabies
- Two years: DA2PP, Leptospirosis, Bordetella Intranasal
- Three years: Leptospirosis, Bordetella Intranasal
- Four years: Rabies, Leptospirosis, Bordetella Intranasal
For additional information, please see the AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines.
Feline Vaccination Protocol: Ridgeview Animal Hospital recommends a PureVax one-year Rabies vaccination for cats due to its decreased risk of causing localized sarcomas or inflammation at the vaccination site. The three-year Rabies is still available at client request only. The Feline Distemper (FVRCP) vaccination will be at a three-year interval, offset from the Rabies vaccination. The FVRCP vaccination will be given annually for two years after kitten vaccinations. The Feline Leukemia (FeLV) vaccination will be given to all kittens twice, one year later, then every year in cats who may go outside at all and every other year in cats who do not sneak outside.
Example of what this would look like in a new kitten:
- Eight weeks: FVRCP, FeLV/FIV Test
- Eleven weeks: FVRCP
- Fourteen weeks: FVRCP, FeLV
- Seventeen weeks: FVRCP, FeLV and one-year Rabies
- One year: FVRCP, FeLV, Rabies
- Two years: Rabies, FeLV
- Three years: Rabies, FeLV
- Four years: Rabies, FeLV, FVRCP
Most pets will not have any side effects from vaccines. The most common side effects are localized pain or swelling at the site of the injection, mild lethargy and a low-grade fever. These usually resolve on their own within 24 hours and do not require treatment. More severe reactions are less common, but can present as vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, and hives. If these symptoms occur, please seek medical attention. With any vaccine, anaphylaxis (a very severe and potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction) is a risk but is very rare.