Which vaccinations does my pet need?
When deciding which vaccinations your pet needs, some are required and some recommended. These are grouped as ‘Core’, ‘Non-core’, and ‘Not Recommended’.
In most states, including the state of Florida, it is required by law that all cats, dogs, and ferrets 4 months or older are vaccinated against rabies. A vet can exempt animals in writing for these when the vaccination will put the animal's life at risk due to age, medical conditions, illness, or their disability. Learn more about this requirement.
Factors which determine which vaccinations your pet needs will depend on:
- Local Regulations
- Medical History
What are the core vaccinations for puppies and kittens?
You should bring your puppy or kitten in to start receiving their core vaccinations from 7 weeks old. After receiving their initial shots at 8 weeks, they will need additional booster shots every 3-4 weeks until they are 20 weeks old. In their second round of shots, they should receive the rabies vaccine administered in week 16.
Puppies and kittens are born with immature immune systems, which make them highly vulnerable to contracting certain illnesses. On average, your dog or cat will lose their natural antibodies around 16-20 weeks old. Therefore, Dr. Phillips Animal Hospital has a recommended series of core vaccines for your pet to keep them strong and healthy.
What are core vaccinations for dogs?
The following are core vaccinations recommended or required for dogs:
- Canine Adenovirus
- Kennel Cough
Dogs living in wooden or tick-infested areas should also be vaccinated for Lyme disease
What are the core vaccinations for cats?
The following are core vaccinations recommended or required for cats:
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Leukemia