This is a suggested schedule for the average cat and dog based on the new vaccination guidelines. You should always check with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate schedule for your pet. This schedule may vary with the age, breed or health of the animal. If an animal is exposed to a disease, is used for breeding or lives in a geographical area where he is prone to getting a particular disease, the veterinarian may determine that other vaccines are needed. There also may be laws in your area that determine the frequency of a particular vaccine. Your veterinarian will be able to answer any of these questions.
Feline calcivirus (FCRVP), Feline herpevirus 1 (FHV), Feline panleukopenia virus, Rabies
Chlamydiosis, FeLV, FIP and Ringworm
Use of non-core vaccines should be restricted to those cats with a realistic risk of of exposure to those diseases.
Kitten schedule: 8 weeks – 1 year:
8 weeks – First vaccination (FVRCP)
12-16 weeks: Second vaccination shot (FVRCP)
12 months: Rabies and third vaccination shot (FVRCP)
FVRCP – Booster every 3 years
Rabies – Booster every 3 years
Rabies, Distemper, Canine Parvovirus-2, Canine Adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory diesase)
Non-core vaccines: Bortadella (Kennel Cough and Canine Cough), Parainfluenza, Lyme Vaccine (this may be considered a core vaccine in areas where Lyme Disease is prevalent), Leptospirosis (all 4 types).
Not recommended: Adenovirus-1, Giardia (an intestinal organism), Distemper-measles
Puppy schedule: 5 weeks - 1 year
5 weeks – Parvovirus
6-9 weeks – 5-way combination vaccine contains adenovirus cough and hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza and parvovirus
12 weeks or older – Rabies
Boosters – Consult with your veterinarian as to the right schedule of booster shots for your adult animal.
[Based on information from the Animal Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) For further information check the following websites: www.avma.org, www.aafponlne.org, or www.aahanet.org.]