Vaccine and Test Recommendations

Vaccinations are an important part of your dog’s or catʼs healthcare routine.

VACCINATION FOR MY DOG VACCINATION FOR MY CAT

Best Practices

Vaccinations are an important part of your dog’s or cat’s healthcare routine. By vaccinating your pet you help protect your furry friend from various diseases including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, infectious hepatitis, bordetella, feline leukemia and others. Vaccinating your pets annually helps lessen the spread of infectious diseases throughout pet populations. Vaccinating against zoonotic diseases such as rabies and Leptospirosis not only protects your pet but you as well.

Our Veterinary Medical Board determines best practices and acts as an advisory committee that is dedicated to pet health and wellness, continuing education and training.

The Vet Clinic recommends the following tests and vaccinations.

The recommendations below display general guidelines for pet’s vaccinations and tests. However, each animal is unique, so please consult with a representative about your pet’s specific vaccination and testing needs.

Note: While it is safe to administer multiple vaccines in the same visit, consult with a VIP Petcare representative to determine the highest priority vaccines and tests for your pet, and the schedule or order in which they should be administered. For example, at 8 weeks of age, the 5in1 and Roundworm Dewormer are highly recommended. While your pet is also old enough for the H3N8 and H3N2 Canine Influenza vaccines, Lyme, etc., our veterinarian may recommend administering those vaccines on a separate visit.

Age

Recommendations for Dogs

Recommendations for Cats

Up to 6 months of age

• 5-in-1 (DA2P + Parvovirus)

• Lepto 4

• Nasal Bordetella and Injectable Bordetella
Vaccines should be administered 2-3 times, 3-4 weeks apart, and your pet should be at least 16 weeks of age for the final set of vaccinations.

• Rabies
The minimum age for Rabies will vary by state, typically 12 or 16 weeks, and the first Rabies vaccine will expire after 1 year. Second rabies shot has to be done within the states requirements in order for the following rabies to be good for 3 years. Each Rabies vaccine following that will expire after 3 years.

• Roundworm and Hookworm Dewormer
Puppies should be dewormed at least 2-3 times, 3-4 weeks apart.

• Fecal Test
All puppies should be tested for intestinal parasites. If your puppy tests positive for parasites, a retest is recommended 2 weeks following treatment.

• Microchip
May be administered at any age. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Learn more about Microchipping here.

• H3N8 and/or H3N2 Canine Influenza
For pets who will be at risk for exposure, these vaccines should be administered 2 times, 3-4 weeks apart, starting as young as 8 weeks of age.

• Lyme
For pets who will be at risk for exposure, this vaccine should be administered 2 times, 3-4 weeks apart, starting as young as 12 weeks of age.

We offer a variety of packages depending on your pet’s age: check our Puppy Packs here.

• 3-in-1 (FVRCP)

• Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
Vaccines should be administered 2-3 times, 3-4 weeks apart, and your pet should be at least 16 weeks of age for the final set of vaccinations.

• PureVax® Rabies
The minimum age for Rabies will vary by state, typically 12 or 16 weeks, and the Purevax Rabies should be administered once every year.

• Roundworm and Hookworm Dewormer
Kittens should be dewormed at least 2-3 times, 3-4 weeks apart.

• Fecal Test
All kittens should be tested for intestinal parasites. If your kitten tests positive for parasites, a retest is recommended 2 weeks following treatment.

• Microchip
May be administered at any age. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Learn more about microchipping here.

We offer a variety of packages depending on your pet’s age: check our Kitten Packs here.

Adult

• 5-in-1 (DA2P + Parvovirus)

• Lepto 4

• Nasal Bordetella and Injectable Bordetella
These vaccines are recommended annually. Previously unvaccinated dogs should receive a booster 3-4 weeks later, and then annually after that.

• Rabies
The first Rabies vaccine a dog receives expires after 1 year. Second rabies shot has to be done within the states requirements in order for the following rabies to be good for 3 years. Each Rabies vaccine following that will expire after 3 years.

• Fecal Testing
All adult dogs should be tested for intestinal parasites annually. If your dog tests positive for parasites, a retest is recommended 2 weeks following treatment.

• H3N8 Canine Influenza

• H3N2 Canine Influenza

• Lyme
For dogs who will be at risk for exposure, these vaccines should be administered annually. Previously unvaccinated dogs should receive a booster 3-4 weeks later, and then annually after that.

Check our Dogs Packs and individual vaccines and services here.

• 3-in-1 (FVRCP)

• Feline Leukemia (FeLV) – if exposed to outdoor cats
These vaccines are recommended annually. Previously unvaccinated cats should receive a booster 3-4 weeks later, and then annually after that.

• PureVax® Rabies
The Purevax Rabies should be administered once every year.

• Fecal Test
All adult cats should be tested for intestinal parasites annually. If your cat tests positive for parasites, a retest is recommended 2 weeks following treatment.

Check our Cat Packs and vaccines here.