When Do I Start Vaccinating My Pet And Which Vaccines Are Needed
Most vaccines are given as a series up to a certain age then continued as boosters either annually or in the case of rabies vaccines for dogs and cats (in Oregon), every 3 years. The following information outlines general guidelines in the 3 species of pets that are commonly vaccinated.Dogs :DHLPP - (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo virus) - This vaccine containing 5 components is begun during adolescence and is given at monthly intervals 2 or 3 times depending on the age when started. It may be given as early as 6 weeks of age. It is boostered annually.Parvo virus - This vaccine which is part of the combination vaccine above may need to be given as a separate injection at 18 or 20 weeks of age depending on when the DHLPP is started. It is boostered annually as part of the DHLPP.Bordetella - May be given any time during adolescence at 6 weeks or older as a single administration and continued annually.Rabies - Given at 4 to 6 months of age, boostered in 1 year then every 3 years thereafter. Required by Oregon law in dogs.Lyme Disease - Recommended for dogs who live or travel in areas where tick infestation is an issue. Can begin as early s 9 weeks of age, repeated in 3-4 weeks and boostered annually.Cats :FVRCP ( Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) - Begin at 8 weeks of age, repeat in one month and booster annually.FELV ( Feline Leukemia Virus ) - Begin at 10 weeks of age, repeat in 1 month then annually.Rabies - Given at 4 to 6 months, repeated in 1 year then every 3 years thereafter.FIP - (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) Given only in certain circumstances.Ferrets :Distemper - Begin at 6 to 8 weeks,repeat twice at monthly intervals, then booster annually.Rabies - Give at 3 months, then booster annually.
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