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            Puppy and Kitten Season is right around the corner and that means getting your new babies vaccinated! Vaccinations are incredibly important to your pets well-being and health as they are maturing. It is important to educate yourself about vaccine protocols prior to getting a new puppy or kitten. As they grow they lose their maternal antibodies, once these antibodies have waned the puppy or kitten is susceptible to viruses and the associated infections that come from these. Unfortunately, it is not possible to control the viruses that your pet is exposed to. What you can control is the vaccination your pet receives to protect them from these viruses. Parvo is one such virus that can be prevented with vaccines, which we discussed in a previous blog.   

You have now brought home your new puppy or kitten! CONGRATULATIONS!

Now it is time for you to be selfish with that sweet little puppy or kitten until they are fully vaccinated. Don’t take them to the pet store to pick a new toy, don’t take them to get groomed and don’t take them to the park! Keep that new baby close to home and protect them. Parvovirus is a very scary and lethal virus for them to get. The best way to protect them is to keep them home in their young age and to vaccinate them starting at 7-8 weeks of age. Vaccinations do not immediately start working in your pets body, it may take days to several weeks. That is why your vet will have you do vaccine boosters every 3-4 weeks until you new family member is 4 months of age. This will ensure optimal immune response. 

Below is the recommended vaccine protocol. There may be other things recommended to you at the time of your visits depending on the area you live in.


  • 7-8 weeks old- Exam, DAPPV, Nail Trim, a fecal to check for internal parasites and a deworming.
  • 10-12 weeks old- Booster DAPPV, Bordetella (Kennel Cough Vaccine), Nail Trim and Deworming.
  • 16 Weeks and Up- Booster DAPPV, Bordetella, Rabies, Nail trim and Deworming
  • Spay/Neuter at this time.


  • 7-8 weeks old- Exam, FVRCP, Nail Trim, Deworming, and Fecal Float
  • 10-12 weeks - Booster FVRCP, Feline leukemia virus/Feline aids test, FeLV, Nail Trim, and Deworming
  • 16 weeks and Up- Booster FVRCP, FeLV, Rabies, Nail Trim and Deworming
  • Spay/Neuter at this time.

If you have any questions about vaccines give us a call!

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