THE LATEST VACCINE NEWS… We have revised the vaccine schedules at Assonet Animal Hospital in response to the latest findings of immunology and infectious disease specialists. To clear the confusion, here's the rundown: Cats: Core Vaccines ( what every cat should get) Rabies: first inoculation after 12 weeks of age, second between 9 - 12 months after the first. Second vaccine and any subsequent good for 3 years. Distemper (FVRCP): Innoculations roughly every 4 weeks frtom 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. A single booster one year later good for 3 years. Three year boosters follow from there unless prolonged lapses. Lifestyle Vaccines (depends on indoor/outdoor activity) Feline Leukemia (FELV): one dose at 9 weeks of age, second 3-4 weeks following, then booster every 2 years.
Dogs: Core Vaccines (every dog should get) Rabies: as exactly above for cats! Distemper/Parvo (DAPP) Inoculations roughly every 4 weeks from 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. A single booster one year later good for 3 years . Three year boosters follow from there unless prolonged lapses. Lifestyle Vaccines (based on activity, exposures) Leptospirosis: dogs with access to standing fresh water (ponds, bogs, swamps) are at higher risk due to contamination by wildlife urine. Must be boostered yearly Lyme: dogs with ANY exposure to ticks carrying Lyme Disease (realistically any dog) Two doses given three weeks apart in lyme tested or previously treated dogs, then annual booster. Kennel Cough: dogs with much dog/dog exposure such as boarding, shows, travel. A single oral dose protects for 1 year with annual boosters following. Canine Influenza (CIV): dogs with the above dog/dog exposures. Two doses given 3 weeks apart will provide immunity for 1 year, with annual booster vaccination following.