Pet Vaccinations are Key in Preventive Healthcare
Vaccines are lifesavers—literally. They protect our dogs and cats from diseases that are fairly common and could take a serious toll on their health. Some can even be fatal. At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, we offer pet vaccinations in accordance with the industry’s safest guidelines to avoid problems with over-vaccination.
A Unique Vaccination Protocol for Every Pet
A Unique Vaccination Protocol
for Every Pet
Your pet’s vaccination protocol begins within their first year of life. As puppies and kittens, they start with a vaccine schedule where they receive a series of vaccines to boost their immunity. Your veterinarian will work with you to develop this tailored protocol for their first year and beyond!
- Rabies (core) – this vaccine is required by law and given at 4-6 months of age, and then every 1 or 3 years after.
- DHPP (core) – this combo vaccine covers distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Your puppy will receive a series of three vaccines 3-4 weeks apart starting at 8 weeks of age. Boosters are every 1 or 3 years.
- Bordetella or “kennel cough” (noncore) – we recommend this noncore vaccine for pets who board often, are groomed regularly or participate in dog shows or training. Boosters are annual or every 6 months, depending on the type of vaccine given.
- Lyme (noncore) – Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that is becoming more prevalent every year. We recommend this vaccine for dogs who often hike with you outdoors. Boosters are annual.
- Leptospirosis (noncore) – Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease, contracted when your dog drinks contaminated water or digs in contaminated soil. We recommend lepto for dogs who are often outdoors in wilderness areas. Boosters are annual.
- Canine influenza (noncore) – Canine influenza is a highly contagious illness that spreads quickly between dogs who are in close contact. Boosters are annual.
- Rabies (core) – this vaccine is required by law and is given at 4-6 months of age and then every 1 or 3 years after.
- FVRCP (core) – this combo vaccine covers feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Your kitten receives three doses of this vaccine every 3-4 weeks starting at 8 weeks of age. Boosters are every 1 or 3 years.
- Feline leukemia (noncore) – FeLV is a highly contagious and incurable disease. This vaccine is highly recommended for outdoor cats who may come in contact with feral cats. Boosters are annual.
- Chlamydia (noncore) – while feline chlamydia is generally not fatal, the disease can take its toll on your cat’s health. If your cat frequently visits the groomer, is boarded, or lives outdoors, this vaccine may be beneficial. Boosters are yearly.
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (noncore) – FIV is a retrovirus that is similar to HIV in humans. Outdoor cats will benefit from this vaccine. Boosters are annual.