We have been working hard to adjust our vaccine protocols to match the current recommendations by the major veterinary associations. We now recommend a three-year vaccine for Distemper and Parvo after the initial puppy vaccination series, and a three-year vaccine for feline FVRCP after the initial kitten vaccination series. The reason for the three-year protocol is to avoid possible health risks created by over vaccination, such as vaccine reactions, possible development of autoimmune diseases in dogs, and vaccine-associated fibrosarcomas in cats.
As an alternative to these vaccines, we also offer an annual vaccine blood titer test that can be performed to access your dog or cat’s vaccine antibody status from previous vaccinations. If antibodies are adequate, no vaccination may be necessary for that year. If a specific viral antibody is low, as indicated by the titer, we can vaccinate only for the specific virus.
DHPP (Distemper/ Parvo)- After 1½ years of age, vaccinate every 3 years. OR Annual Vaccine Blood Titer Testing- vaccinate only if indicated by low titers
Bordetella (Kennel Cough)- Vaccinate every 6 months (intranasal vaccination)
Rabies- Vaccinate at 18 weeks old, again 1 year later, and thereafter every 3 years as required by law.
FVRCP (Viral Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus/Panleukopenia)-After 1 ½ years of age, vaccinate every 3 years OR Annual Vaccine Blood Titer Testing- vaccinate only if indicated by low titers
Feline Leukemia- Annual Vaccination OR Annual Vaccine Blood Titer Testing OR Decline to vaccinate (indoor cats only)
Rabies- Vaccinate at 4-6 months old, again 1 year later, and thereafter every 3 years. OR Decline to vaccinate (indoor cats only)