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Pet Vaccination 101

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Vaccination matters. The still-raging pandemic made that clear. 

The same holds true for our furry friends. Timely vaccination is essential to protect them from infectious yet preventable diseases. 

In this blog post, we’ll brush over the basics to help vax up your pet in the right way. 

Core Vaccines

  • Dogs

Your poochie should be given a DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza) shot. 

For dogs less than four months old, wait until they’re at least six weeks of age to get the first dose. 

Use this chart to work out a detailed plan well in advance. 

  • Cats

The timeline for feline vaccinations is pretty much the same as their canine counterparts. But the list of diseases tabbies need to be vaccinated for looks entirely different. 

Instead of DHPP, cats over four months should get the FVRCP (panleukopenia virus, rhinotracheitis (aka herpesvirus 1), and calicivirus) shot.

It’s also always a good idea to get one for leukemia, which happens to be one of the most common contagious cat diseases in the States.

Either way, refer to the second sheet in the chart to draw up a feline-specific vaccination schedule. 



Now that we’ve combed through core vaccines, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. 

That’s right – rabies. 

Many states require vaccination by law. Even if it isn’t mandated, we’d recommend getting your pet a shot so that you don’t end up with additional liability in case your dog or cat ever goes on to bite someone. 


Consult a Vet

In the end, the vaccines your pet need comes down to different factors like age, lifestyle, and overall health. The only person who can point you in the right direction is a qualified specialist.

Don’t know where to start? Let us help. 

Talk to a certified vet for now and get a personalized vaccination kit for your pet.

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