Cat & Dog Vaccinations in Germantown, MD
Your pet’s health and wellbeing depend on many different factors—some of which you can’t always control. Yet, there are some you can. Many dangerous diseases are preventable with cat and dog vaccinations. At Little Seneca Animal Hospital in Germantown, we offer the most current core and non-core vaccines that keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come. Call (301) 540-8670 to schedule an appointment for your pet!
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 8 weeks old, with a booster every 3-4 weeks until 12 weeks of age. After the initial series, annual or tri-annual boosters are needed to ensure the immunity remains effective.
Core dog vaccinations include:
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
- Lyme (typically a non-core vaccine, but highly recommended for our area)
Non-core dog vaccinations include:
- Canine Influenza
Core cat vaccinations include:
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
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 who are particularly active outdoors and sociable (visiting kennels, groomers, dog parks, etc.). Similarly, only outdoor cats require the FeLV vaccine and annual testing.
For more information about cat and dog vaccinations and the frequency of boosters, contact us today at (301) 540-8670 or ask us at your next appointment!