Vaccination Protocols

We use Ultra Duramune DAP to vaccinate dogs against the distemper and parvo virus.  Because it is:

  • The first-ever 0.5 mL canine vaccine line
  • Designed to offer a more comfortable vaccine experience with 50% less volume than most vaccines
  • Made with exclusive PureFil™ Technology, designed to decrease vaccine reactions by reducing extraneous proteins and cellular debris
  • Proven safe in a 675-dog field trial conducted in private practices
  • Passes identical high-potency tests as Duramune® — a brand that’s been trusted for more than 30 years
  • Combinations more closely aligned with American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Guidelines

We recommend that puppies be given their first DAP vaccine at 7-8 weeks of age, followed by a booster approximately once a month until the puppy is at least 14 weeks of age.  Puppies will come in again one year later to receive another booster, but after that one year vaccination, you will only need to vaccinate your dog every 3 years.

Rabies Vaccine:  Puppies must be at least 12 weeks of age for their first vaccination, followed by a booster vaccination one year later.  Then vaccinate every three years.

Lyme Vaccine:  Puppies must be at least 9 weeks old for their first Lyme vaccination, followed by  booster vaccinations 3-6 weeks apart.  Then only one time a year after the last booster

Leptospirosis Vaccine:  Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old for the first vaccination, followed by a booster vaccination in 6 weeks.  Then only one time a year after the last booster.

Bordetella Vaccine:  Puppies must be at least 6 weeks of age for their first vaccination and then annually following the first vaccination.  We can also give this orally.

We strongly recommend that your canine friends be tested each spring for heartworms.  This requires taking a small blood sample for the test.  Checking your dog’s stool sample for intestinal parasites (worms) annually is also advised.

Vaccination Protocol for Felines:

We use Ultra Fel-O-Vax FVRCP  to vaccinate cats against distemper and rhino calicivirus.  Because it is:

  • The first-ever 0.5 mL feline vaccine line designed for a more comfortable vaccine experience
  • Efficacious disease protection that results in significantly less vaccine volume over the cat’s lifetime2
  • Efficacy that passes the same high-level potency tests as Fel-O-Vax® — a brand that’s been trusted for more than 30 years

We recommend that kittens be given their first FVRCP vaccine at 7-8 weeks of age, followed by a booster approximately once a month until the kitten is at least 14 weeks of age.  Kittens will come in again one year later to receive another booster, but after that one year vaccination, you will only need to vaccinate your cat every 3 years.

Rabies Vaccine:  Kittens must be at least 12 weeks of age for their first vaccination, followed by a booster vaccination one year later.  Then vaccinate every three years.

Feline Leukemia Vaccine:  Kittens must be at least 9 weeks of age to receive their first vaccination, followed by two more boosters 3-6 weeks apart.  Once the boosters are done cats will need an annual vaccination.

We strongly recommend that all cats be tested and vaccinated for Feline Leukemia.  Checking your cats stool sample for intestinal parasites (worms) annually is strongly advised.

Note:  Puppies and Kittens should have fecal checks done two times before reaching four months of age.

In order to maintain immunity against disease, please follow the vaccination protocols we have suggested.