Much like infant babies, puppies and kittens require a “round” of vaccinations. These vaccinations start between 6-8 weeks of age and go up until they are 12-13 weeks of age for cats and 14-16 weeks of age for dogs. The reason for this is the age at which the maternal immunity fades away differs for each puppy/kitten, therefore ensuring we have done everything we can to provide this puppy/kitten with the best immunity possible.
Dogs: The “puppy shot” (DA2PP) is a vaccination that immunizes for multiple diseases. The first “puppy shot” usually includes strains of canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus, parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus. This vaccination is one that requires a booster. These “puppy shots” are usually given at 6-7 weeks of age, 9-10 weeks of age, 12-14 weeks of age, then again at 14-16 weeks of age. Coronavirus and leptovirus (depending on the risk and breed of dog) are added to the “puppy shot” during the series of vaccinations. At 9-10 weeks of age, we also vaccinate for Bordetella (a bacteria which is known as the leading cause of kennel cough). Rabies vaccinations are given at 14-16 weeks of age. Intestinal parasite exams are performed at the first visit and at each subsequent visit until a negative result is achieved.