Your pet’s health and well-being depend on many factors—some of which you can’t always control. Yet, there are some you can do. Many dangerous diseases are preventable with cat and dog vaccinations.
Core and Non-core Vaccinations
for Dogs and Cats
Vaccinations are administered first as a series to puppies and kittens to establish a foundational immunity. Typically, we give the first vaccination at about eight weeks old, with a booster every 3-4 weeks until 12 weeks. After the initial series, annual or tri-annual boosters are needed to ensure effective immunity.
Core dog vaccinations
DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
Lyme (typically a non-core vaccine, but highly recommended for our area)
Core cat vaccinations
FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
Non-core dog vaccinations include:
Non-core cat vaccinations include:
FeLV (feline leukemia)
Annual testing for Felv and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
Custom Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Germantown, MD
Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, they may receive only core or a combination of core and non-core vaccinations. Due to the high tick population where we’re located, Lyme disease is recommended for dogs regardless of lifestyle. The non-core vaccines for dogs are recommended for those particularly active outdoors and sociable (visiting kennels, groomers, dog parks, etc.). Similarly, only outdoor cats require the FeLV vaccine and annual testing.