Our Recommended Vaccination Schedule for Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kitten / by Shervin Irannejad

Puppies and Kittens need vaccinations early in life as antibodies they receive from their mother start to decrease around 6-8 weeks of age. It is during this time that puppies need to start building their own immunity through vaccinations. 

All puppies should receive core vaccines as well as certain non-core vaccinations depending on the pet’s lifestyle and breed.

Puppies, Adult Dogs, Kittens and Adult Cats should follow the vaccination schedule below. Discussing your pet’s needs and medical condition will help you decide what is best to help your pet live a long and healthy life.

We recommend following the pet vaccination schedule below as a general guideline. Where you live and your pet's lifestyle will determine specific vaccination and testing needs

CORE VACCINATIONS
Recommended for all dogs and cats

DOGS

CATS

8 Weeks Old

DHPP (4-in-1: Distemper, Hepatitis
Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) 

Start Heartworm Prevention (such as
Heartgard, Advantage Multi, etc.) 

FVRCP Vaccine
(Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Calicivirus and Panleukopenia)


12 Weeks Old

DHPP Booster

FVRCP Booster

FELV
 Vaccine*
(Feline Leukemia Virus) 

16 Weeks Old

DHPP Booster

Rabies Vaccine ( 18 weeks)

FVRCP Booster

FELV Booster

Rabies Vaccine** ( 18 weeks)

COMMON NON-CORE VACCINATIONS
Recommended based on pet's lifestyle

DOGS

CATS

8 Weeks Old

We typically do not recommend non-core vaccinations at this age due to their sensitivity. 


We typically do not recommend non-core vaccinations at this age due to their sensitivity. 

12 Weeks Old

Bordetella Vaccine (kennel cough)

Lepto Vaccine




16 Weeks Old

Bordetella Booster

Lepto Booster

TESTS and DE-WORMING
Recommended based on pet's lifestyle 

DOGS

CATS

8 Weeks Old

De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm

Start Parasite Prevention 
(flea, tick, heartworm) 

De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm

Start Parasite Prevention 

(flea) 

12 Weeks Old

De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm

De-worming for Hookworm, Roundworm

FeLv / FIV

6 MONTHS Old

Heartworm, Erlichiosis, Anaplasmois
and Lyme Test (4Dx)



*Feline leukemia virus vaccine may not be considered a “core vaccination” by some veterinarians. However, it has recently been recommended that kittens are at the highest risk of contracting feline leukemia virus more so than adult cats, therefore many vets are reconsidering making Felv a “core vaccination”.

Boosters
It is necessary to boost vaccinations (vaccinating again in a certain time period) to allow for the growth and expansion of the immune response in order to fight off infection upon exposure to the actual disease. 

It is recommended to keep your puppy away from unvaccinated dogs while the vaccination process is going on and away from places of multiple dog exposure, if vaccination status of all dogs is not known. 

 Our Recommended Vaccination Schedule for Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kitten