Animals are susceptible to a variety of illnesses, just like humans are. While the specific illnesses are different than those that affect humans, several pet ailments can cause your dog or cat to become severely ill or even die. The great news is that we have effective vaccines for many of the common pet diseases, and they can help protect your kitten or puppy from a very early age. At San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, we work with pet owners to develop the best vaccination schedule for their specific animals and needs.
American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) recommended vaccines
The AVMA has developed guidelines for when puppies and kittens should be vaccinated and when their booster shots should be given as they grow older.
Dogs should receive the following vaccines:
- Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvo/Parainfluenza (DAPP): This combination vaccine helps prevent several serious illnesses that can affect dogs. The first vaccine is typically given at six to eight weeks of age, and then boosters are needed every three weeks until your puppy is 16-19 weeks old. Thereafter, annual or 3-year boosters are recommended.
- Rabies: This vaccine is required by state law, and a one-year dose is typically given at 12 weeks old. Thereafter, we can switch to a 3-year booster.
- Bordetella, influenza, leptospirosis, and other vaccinations based on your dog’s lifestyle, this vaccine may also be recommended. For example, the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is important if your dog will be boarded at a kennel.
Kittens should receive the following vaccines:
- Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (FVRCP): This combination vaccine helps prevent several serious illnesses that can affect cats. The first vaccine is typically given at six to eight weeks of age, and then boosters are needed thereafter.
- Rabies: This is required by state law, and like for dogs, we typically give a one-year dose at 12 weeks, followed by a 3-year booster thereafter.
- Rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus) and Calicivirus vaccines both help prevent contagious respiratory viruses.
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is a severe illness that can affect kittens and is a common cause of death.
Schedule your pet’s vaccinations today
If you have just gotten a new puppy or kitten or your pet is due for booster shots, please call San Marco Animal Hospital today to schedule their vaccinations. Our Jacksonville, FL office can be reached at 904-516-9767.